The NSIN Emerge Accelerator connects U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) mission partners (e.g., operational units, defense laboratories, etc.) with long horizon technology missions to the deep technology and talent residing at Washington University. Over an academic year, participating university partners throughout the NSIN Network identify technology and teams working in areas of interest to the DoD and accelerate the development of new dual-use (i.e., applicable to the commercial and DoD market) ventures using extant entrepreneurial educational and accelerator programs.

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Emerge Accelerator at WashU

Washington University, working in partnership with NSIN, will identify technology and teams that are developing solutions relevant to the needs of DoD technology vertical customers participating in the pilot. With the support of existing institutional entrepreneurship programs and resources, Emerge teams will accelerate technology from TRL 4 to TRL 6+ and form new dual-use ventures that spin out University technologies.

Technology Verticals Areas

  1. Energy Technologies (e.g., clean, sustainable, high-yield, nuclear)
  2. Advanced Engineering Materials (e.g., bio-inspired, nanotech)
  3. Semiconductors and Microelectronics
  4. Advanced Computing (e.g., high-performance, quantum, simulation)
  5. Applied AI/ML (e.g., big data analysis/situational awareness, predictive modeling, autonomy, robotics/drones)
  6. Advanced Communications and Networking Technologies (e.g., IoT, 5G, RF, denied/hostile environments)
  7. Biotechnologies (e.g., medical, bio-inspired)
  8. Advanced Sensing (e.g., IoT, EW, denied/hostile environments)
  9. Hypersonics
  10. Space Technologies


This is program is open to international students and US citizens. This is a graduate level course, but undergraduate students eager to participate are also encourage to apply.

Contact Mike Seper

Emerge at WashU is made possible through a partnership with the Department of Defense‚Äôs National Security Innovation Network. For more information about NSIN at WashU, contact Mike Seper.