R2 Connect - Bringing Innovators and Life-Savers Together

In-person and online engagement for the R2 community to share, learn, and adopt best practices and new public safety technology.

Industry Insights from R2 Network Events

“This is an opportunity for people to bring their own experience to a common platform where we’re free to be innovative but also align that innovation with resources”

Tyrell Morris
Tyrell Morris

Executive Director

Orleans Parish Communications District (OPCD)

Industry Insights from R2 Network Events

“Entrepreneurship in any format is challenging, and working in public safety is extraordinarily challenging...so building together this community of people & experts to take on those challenges together, is just a very big deal.”

Michael Martin
Michael Martin



A New Feature Every Month

Every month The R2 Network will launch a new feature alongside curated content from industry experts.

June - Fundraising in Public Safety

Startups are transforming how public safety works—from AI to new tools to keep firefighters safe. Fundraising for public safety technology companies comes with unique challenges including finding the right investors and pitching successfully. Come learn how to navigate fundraising from Michael Martin, who successfully raised over $200M for RapidSOS and Bryce Stirton, President of the VC firm Responder Corp, who has led investments into numerous public safety companies.

June 30th
What You Need to Know about Fundraising For Public Safety Tech (Virtual)

July - Public Safety Startups and 911

For startups seeking to transform how public safety professionals help save lives every day, the ins and outs of 911 operations can be opaque. Hear from experienced 911 leaders with a startup perspective about how 911 actually operates, the challenges 911 leaders face, and what startups should know about 911 agencies.

July 20th
What Public Safety Startups Should Know About 911 (Virtual)

August - Funding New Technology

The Ins and Outs of Applying for Grants as a Public Safety Startup

Lessons Learned: How to Avoid Critical Mistakes When Applying to Federal Grants (Virtual)

September - Innovation Challenges, Programs and Opportunities

How to take Advantage of Programs and Win Challenges

Access Funding; How to go after Innovation Opportunities and Challenges (Virtual)

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October - Introducing Venture Capital (VC's) For Public Safety

Securing Venture Capital Funding in a Unique Niche

Navigating the Public Safety Venture Capital World - Advice from the Experts (Virtual)

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November - Exploring Requests For Proposal (FRP's)

How to identify the right government RFP’s at the local, state and federal level

Tips, Tricks and Lessons Learned from RFP Insiders (Virtual)

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December - A Year in the Making

A Reflection on Our First Year and a Look Ahead to Year Two

Celebrating the Inaugural Year of the R2 Network (Virtual)

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