AFLCMC Pitch Day

In the fall of 2018, Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson and Air Force Assistant Secretary for Acquisitions and Technology Dr. William Roper jointly expressed the need to accelerate Air Force innovation to operate at the “speed of relevance” with businesses. In March of 2019, the Air Force Pitch Day pilot leveraged the backbone of the Air Force SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) program from a contractual and financial stand point. The goal was a single event that awarded initial Phase I contracts to companies after they made their pitch to Air Force evaluators and to highlight those companies to a wide range of investors, defense industry partners, and Federal stakeholders.

AFLCMC Pitch Days will leverage the success of the Air Force Pitch Day in New York City, NY to attract non-traditional, innovative, and/or new start up firms for Research & Development of AFLCMC Directorate needs. By leveraging the SBIR program and how it supports Research, Development, Test & Evaluation innovation, AFLCMC Directorates can accelerate the acquisition process to take innovative ideas and field them to the Warfighter.

AFLCMC Pitch Day objectives are to:

  • Generate SBIR Topics Based on PEO-Centered Challenges
  • Invite Private Investors to Match/Add Funds for SBIR Projects

  • Conduct a Pitch Day Geared Towards Start-Up/Non-Traditional Contractors
  • Increase US Air Force Interaction With Small Business to Enhance and Grow the Industrial Base

Pitch Day Methodology