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Block & Tackle Event

July 24 - 25, 2023  |  The Foundry at Block22

Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS

  • Pitch Event: Opportunity to provide updates on your technology/products

  • Networking Opportunities: Meet subject matter experts

  • Virtual or In-Person at The Foundry at Block22

    • Room block at Hampton Inn and Suites- more information coming soon!

  • Information about NIMA:

    • Low-cost, high-performance materials for energy storage devices 

    • Semiconducting materials for electronic devices

    • High-performance bio-based composites

    • Polyurethane foams - acoustic/thermal insulation, antistatic

    • Plastics manufacturing

  • Past Participants:

    • NIMA Director Tim Dawsey

    • DoD Tech Scout – Tim Fowler

    • Other Commercial Tech Scouts

Encountering Innovation

Nov 13 - 17, 2023  |  Johnson County Community College (KC Metro)

Tech Transfer and Matchmaking Collaboration with Federal Agency Tech Scouts and Prime Contractors.

Encountering Innovation has quickly become one of the top US Pitch Events for Innovators/Inventors to present and showcase their technology to US Government Tech Scouts for special funding.  Tech Scouts from the Department of Defense, Service Labs, Academia, and most US government agencies prioritize attending this week-long event to listen to pitches, examine poster board displays, discuss government needs, and chat with innovators from 8+ states during lunches and evening networking events. 

DoD Tech Scouts and Prime Contractors are looking for innovation and manufacturing capability solutions through intentional matched private pitch sessions.


Date: TBD

Midwest Air Force Collider

Tech Transfer Collaboration with Midwest Regional Air Force Bases

 Selected companies will be invited to pitch their technology to Air Force representatives.

To apply to pitch, visit

Date: TBD

Tech Collision


Tech Transfer Collaboration with the Space Force. Accepted Pitch Innovators go here for training.

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