Q1: What is the Air Force Space Pitch Day?
A1: Air Force Space Pitch Day is a two-day event hosted by the U.S. Air Force in downtown San Francisco, California from November 5-6, 2019. Air Force Space Pitch Day is a showcase event to demonstrate the Air Force’s willingness and ability to work with non-traditional startups.
Q2: What is the purpose of Air Force Space Pitch Day?
A2: Air Force Space Pitch Day is an event aimed at continuing the Air Force’s initiative to demonstrate a faster and smarter strategy in technology investments and partnerships with small businesses.
Q3: Why is the Air Force hosting a Space Pitch Day Event?
A3: As critical sources of innovative new ideas and solutions, the Air Force is inviting small businesses to come pitch their new technology solutions and concepts targeting our most critical Space challenges.
Q4: Can anyone pitch their company's products and services at Air Force Space Pitch Day?
A4: No, not just anyone will be able to present at Air Force Space Pitch Day. Only small businesses who already possess a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I award will be invited to pitch in November at Space Pitch Day as part of the Phase II award process. The Deadline was Oct. 15, 2019.
If you and your company have a recent SBIR Phase I award, you may be eligible to apply for a Phase II contract. SBIR Phase II applications were open in late September 2019. To participate at future Air Force pitch days, please visit https://www.afsbirsttr.af.mil/ AF-Pitch-Day/How-to-submit/ for schedules and details on how to get involved.
Q5: Who can reserve a booth on the expo floor for Air Force Space Pitch Day?
A5: The expo booths will be available for companies that have been awarded an SBIR Phase I award, who are encouraged to exhibit their products and services in this year’s event Expo Hall. The Expo Hall features to encourage networking, interaction with venture capitalist and the opportunity to pitch to other DoD entities. If you are not sure if you qualify or have any questions about the expo floor, please email email@example.com.
Q6: How does the SBIR funding work to provide one day contracts?
A6: Air Force Space Pitch Day will leverage existing SBIR solicitation. During AF Space Pitch day, companies already awarded SBIR Phase I contracts have the opportunity to pitch their ideas for SBIR Phase II funding that can be processed within one day.