May 20, 2010

The Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Program assists qualifying small businesses (Protégés) to successfully compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large companies (Mentors) under individual, project-based Agreements.

The American Security Challenge (ASC) is working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to help identify potential Protégé Awardees for the Robotics Initiative which has technology interests in:
  • Power- batteries, fuel cells, energy scavenging, renewable, etc
  • Communications- signals, wireless security, obfuscation, unattritable systems, encryption, etc
  • Sensors- CBRNE, camera, biometrics, etc
  • Software- data analysis, pattern recognition, network security, etc
The Protégé Award is up to $1,000,000 per year for up to three years which may be applied to legal, manufacturing, engineering, and other hard costs as well as valuable counseling by the Mentor.  ASC is pleased to announce the Mentor for this ASC DOD Protégé Award will be Raytheon.
To qualify for this small business award, A Protégé firm must SBA a certified small disadvantaged business (SDB), a qualifying organization employing the severely disabled, a women-owned small business (WOSB), a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB), or a historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone).
Companies that register for the Protégé Award are also eligible for other awards through ASC.  After generating over $10M last year in teaming, sub-contract and investor term sheets, the 2010 Challenge is targeting $25M in contract revenue and investment capital for Challenger applicants.  This year over 40 Pilot Awards are added providing Challengers opportunities to have their technologies test driven by qualified potential customers; with ready contract vehicles and funding for technologies passing the pilots.  These customers may include but are not limited to various groups within the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Raytheon, ArcSight, Intuit, members of the Intelligence Community and others (additional customers pending ).  By quickly identifying solutions to mission critical and highly visible issues in cyber, C4ISR, physical and energy categories, the American Security Challenge public/private partnerships are working to secure our nation's citizens, our assets and our economy.
CALL TO ACTION:           
SBA Certified Small Businesses with power, communications, sensors or software technologies should REGISTER BY MAY 28 to be considered for this and other ASC Awards.  
Scoring criteria, eligibility, customer requirements, deadlines, investment and pilot contract award dates and other information is available on the website


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