Advanced Technology International (ATI), TechConnect, and three partner consortia today announced final contenders in the National Infrastructure Innovation Challenge who will compete this fall for $50,000 in prizes. These top 18 innovators will also earn membership in the Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy (RISE) Consortium, National Spectrum Consortium (NSC), and Consortium for Rare Earths Technologies (CREaTe), which source solutions for the federal government at the speed of need.
“Aligned with the nation’s Infrastructure Law, the COMPETES Act, and the US Innovation and Competition Act, the National Infrastructure Innovation Challenge validates shifts we’ve seen for some time: resilient infrastructure improvement will define the current generation, supported by funding that will impact many generations to come,” said Matthew Laudon, Vice President – TechConnect Division, ATI. “What better place to begin than with the innovation community? From energy to 5G, from sensors to rare earth, we’re proud to partner with the country’s leading technology consortia as they accelerate and fund top solution providers for the good of the nation.”
The Summit, co-located with the SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference, Operational Energy and Logistics Summit, Resilience Week, Smart Cities Connect Conference, and more, boasts an audience rich with prospective buyers and deal-makers.
Finalists receive, in addition, the chance at funding, membership, and engagement opportunities with all three partner consortia. RISE Consortium offers its affiliates access to greater opportunities to work with the Federal government, faster-contracting speed, and market expansion into the Department of Defense. National Spectrum Consortium positions its members to collaborate with senior government officials to shape requirements for electromagnetic spectrum sharing; conduct research and development; and provide technical input to policy, regulation, and more. Consortium for Rare Earth Technologies members collaborate across rare earth supply chains, gain greater visibility into national supply chain needs, partner with companies large and small, and generate exposure to cutting-edge technologies.