JUNE 17-19, 2024

Medical Innovation Challenge


Counter WMD Innovation Challenge Winners Announced!

  • First place:¬†University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine
  • Second place: SteriO3 LLC
  • Third place:¬†Luna Labs USA LLC

Innovations were entered for a chance to pitch and win funding from a $50,000 award at TechConnect World, furnished by Advanced Technology International (ATI) and the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Consortium. Up to 25 finalists pitched on-stage before a panel of judges that included federal funders, consortium managers, investors, and private corporations as well as a broader audience of attendees from the conference.



Areas of Interest:

  • PROTECTION: Self detoxification, CB suits, hoods/masks, chemical resistance materials, rope & fabrics, portable patient transport, isolation/quarantine systems, decontamination systems, etc.

  • PREVENTION (EB/IEW): CBRN Situational awareness/response through Software, VR, sensors, command/control systems, wearables, handhelds, sequencing systems, communication systems, etc.

  • DETECTION: Indicator technologies for vapor/aerosol hazards, wearable sensors, sensor systems, autonomous/robotic platforms, etc.

Why Enter?

Winners of the Challenge will win no-strings-attached funding, as well as a chance to meet partners who can help take their solutions further whether through networking, partnership, or funding.


Who Should Apply

Innovators interested in supporting national defense efforts to combat weapons of mass destruction and with the technical capability to make a difference.


Submissions Closed


Submissions Open: February 5, 2024
Informational Webinar:
March 13, 2024 at 2pm ET

Submissions Close: March 28, 2024
Notify Finalists: Mid-April 2024
Finalist Confirmation Due: Late-April 2024

Pitch Event

TechConnect will invite finalists to pitch at TechConnect World Innovation Conference

Date: June 17, 1:30 - 4:30

Location: Gaylord National Convention Center and Hotel, National Harbor, MD


  • A2US, Inc.
  • Adaptive Immersion Technologies
  • Alakai Defense Systems
  • D-Tect Systems, a division of Ludlum Measurements
  • Gold Standard Radiation Detection, Inc.
  • Luna Labs USA LLC
  • M2DCON
  • Metakosmos
  • Nanohmics
  • Nanoionix LLC
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • SenseVOC LLC
  • SteriO3 LLC
  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus School of Medicine
  • Venti LLC

Consortium Membership

Consortia relieve some of the contractual burdens typically placed on contractors working for federal clients, making it possible for nontraditional contractors to participate in technology development.

The CWMD Consortium responds to the federal government's expressed interest to include industry, academic, and nonprofit partners in supporting agencies with a need for new technologies related to countering weapons of mass destruction. The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) - the government partner - leverages CWMD for cutting edge R&D and to advance the development of prototypes. Learn more about CWMD Consortium here: https://www.cwmdconsortium.org/


For submission questions, please contact Laura Murphree at laura@techconnect.org.
To Sponsor or Partner please contact Nick Kacsandi at nkacsandi@techconnectventures.com.

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