JUNE 17-19, 2024

TechConnect Innovation Challenge

TechConnect World Innovation Challenge

Pitch to the largest funding pipeline on the planet!

Launch your electrifying journey into the future of innovation! Join the world's largest multi-sector commercialization program for emerging deep technologies. Pitch your groundbreaking innovations and connect with top-tier corporate, investment, military and federal leaders for partnering, licensing and investment opportunities. Whether you're a startup, university TTO, federal lab, or federal awardee, seize the moment. Submit your commercially viable innovation now and connect with the largest gathering of tech-scouts and funding offices worldwide.

Innovations Under Review


Challenge Topics

  • Materials & Manufacturing 
  • Energy & Sustainability 
  • Medical & Biotech
  • Electronics & Sensors
  • AI & Digital Transformation
  • Space & Defense 

Partnering Opportunities

  • $100B+ fed-contracting
  • 1000+ industry scouts
  • 50+ SBIR/OTA programs
  • 2500 1-on-1 meetings

Who Should Apply

Our industry and government tech-scouts are seeking cutting-edge commercially viable innovations across most every sector.  Including technologies from:

  • University & Research Labs with actionable IP & spinouts
  • Startups seeking investment, licensing, partnering actions
  • Federal Awardees (i.e., SBIR, OTA  DARPA. ARPAE, ARPAH, BARDA)

How to Participate

Submit your technologies today for review. If selected, you will be required to confirm your pitch position through either a registration or showcase fee (payment & option details provided with your notification). Confirmed innovators will be invited to pitch your solution to a panel of investment, industry, and national security leadership in National Harbor MD at the TechConnect Conference.

Innovations Under Review


Pitch & Showcase

Finalist will receive notification in late-February.  Selected companies must confirm their participation through either a registration or showcase fee. 

Confirmations due: March 15, 2024   (early-bird confirms due Jan 31)

Pitch Dates: June 17-19, 2024

Challenge Location: Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center | National Harbor MD


For more information , please contact Jennifer Rocha (Vice President, Strategic Partnerships) at

Sponsors & Partners
SBIR/STTR Agency Partners