NSIN Compass

Developing experiences to do business with the DoD

Accelerator Program
  • Program Type
    Accelerator Program
  • Industry Focus
    Dual-Use Solutions to Solve DoD Problems
  • Submission Deadline
    Check Website
  • Program Duration
    5-7 Months
  • Location or Virtual
    AL, AR, KY, LA, MS, NM, OK, SC, TN, WV
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

Compass is the latest pilot program from the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN) and is unique in its focus of working with incubators and accelerators in low-income states to source new participants to engage in national security problem solving opportunities while developing experience to do business with the Department of Defense (DoD).

National Security Innovation Network - There's A Better Way

The National Security Innovation Network (NSIN), the U.S. Department of Defense program office that brings non-traditional collaborators from the defense, academic, and venture communities to solve national security problems, announced that it will run its first-ever ad during Super Bowl LV on the Armed Forces Network (AFN) airing of the championship game. The NSIN ad reminds all of us that no matter what your role or rank, that everyone can be an innovator and help make the world better, safer and stronger.

Program Details

How it Works

NSIN’s DoD partners will work with the Compass team to review and select a small cohort of early-stage dual-use startups with relevant solutions. Those startups will move through a 3-month custom business accelerator program. Throughout the program, DoD partners will assist those startups in making their products a better fit for DoD end users. The startups will also receive mentorship, education and access to a deep network of business development and technical connections. By the end of Compass, startups will be better positioned to deliver solutions to the DoD.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.

Compass Inaugural Cohort

Let’s Get Started.

To apply or join the program, please submit an application.