401 Tech Bridge Newsletter – June 2022

401 Tech Bridge Newsletter – June 2022


401 Tech Bridge is the solution for anyone seeking to bridge R&D gaps, develop talent pipelines, or connect with potential customers and funding opportunities.


As we head into the summer months, the 401 Tech Bridge team continues to be hard at work developing new programming and opportunities for companies through our collaborations with our deep networks across business, government, academia and national defense and public safety. Bringing new technologies to market faster, to increase technology commercialization.
Through our partnership with MassChallenge, we are quickly moving through our judging rounds as the next blue tech cohort awaits selection within the Safety and Security Track. We look forward to the cohort being announced early next month.
Our work with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Division Newport continues to expand through programming efforts like Tech Scouting and Navy Prize Challenges. These programs are a great opportunity for industry to showcase their technology, solve Navy problems, and be part of delivering the best technology into the hands of our warfighters as fast as possible. If you are interested in learning how you can participate, please reach out.
I would also ask that you take a moment to review our website. We recently made a few updates and improvements and would love to hear your feedback.

Linda Larsen
Programs & Partnership Manager, 401 Tech Bridge

Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF RI) June Hosting

401 Tech Bridge will be hosting the RI Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF RI) on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, from 4:30pm-6:30pm at Rejects Beer Company.

Mr. Vic Ricci, NUWC’s Chief Technology Officer, will share his perspective as our guest speaker.

This is a great opportunity to hear from a senior Defense leader in an informal setting, to get together with others from the RI defense innovation ecosystem, and to meet potential collaborators for future ventures.

If you work in the defense industry or the blue tech space, if you are an established contractor or a startup or entrepreneur, or if you just want to engage with those that are, this is a perfect event to expand your network by being introduced to the DEF RI community.

Please register here for the event. We look forward to seeing you!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Linda Larsen llarsen@401techbridge.org

To learn more about the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum and how you can join the RI chapter, additional information can be found here.

Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP)

We Need Your Input!
The DMCSP is designed to support long-term community investments that strengthen national security innovation and expand the capabilities of the defense manufacturing industrial ecosystem.

The University of Rhode Island Research Foundation (URIRF) is applying to be a designated Defense Manufacturing Community. This grant program would position Rhode Island to compete for $30 Million in grant funding, with a maximum of $5 Million per funded region.

Please join a virtual roundtable discussion of industry leaders on June 20, 2022, from 1pm to 2pm.  If you are unable to attend, please share your support along with your input in developing the application, by registering: Click here to register and share your input.

A follow up virtual meeting of all stakeholders is planned for June 27, 2022, from 1pm-3pm. This meeting will provide an opportunity for all to review the proposed application and share suggestions to strengthen the proposal prior to submission. Click here to register

The voice of our 401 Tech Bridge business partners is critical to the development of this proposal. If you have any questions, please reach out to info@401techbridge.org.

401 Tech Bridge May 2022 Technology Showcase

In collaboration with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), Division Newport and the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, 401 Tech Bridge was proud to host the second Technology Showcase.  A recording of the technology showcase can be viewed here. The goal of these Technology Showcase’s is to introduce and promote the commercialization opportunities for private companies and innovators to license new cutting-edge technology for commercial use. Portions of the showcase also offer details and walkthroughs of the licensing process, and an introduction to other expertise, resources, and commercialization support available from 401 Tech Bridge and URI to help companies accelerate technology to commercialization.

The benefits of technology transfer are significant. ​​

  • Technology transfer allows businesses of all sizes opportunities to partner with a federal laboratory, significantly reducing the time and resources needed to develop and commercialize their own products.
  • Technology licensing offers opportunities for companies to utilize innovative new technologies today, that have already proven and tested R&D.
  • Through existing legislation that allows NUWC to transfer developed technologies into the private sector to support private innovation and business development. Businesses can benefit from the federal R&D investment that will further advance their own product development and business growth.

The Showcase’s technologies, which are available for licensing, spanned an exciting range of areas which included:

  • Photonics and Laser technology
  • Advances in broadband linear and patch antennas
  • Biomedical Sensing vis Nanomaterials
  • Fiber Optics for Deep Sea Robotics
  • Thermal Paint Monitoring
  • Software-defined Optical Time Domain Reflectometer

Those interested in learning more about the technologies presented, or exploring technology transfer opportunities with NUWC and URI, are encouraged to contact Linda Larsen, llarsen@401techbridge.org for additional information. 401 Tech Bridge collaborates with companies, academia, and government agencies to accelerate the development of advanced materials and technologies relevant to the region’s expanding ocean economy. We provide support and programming to innovators in the blue tech sector and connect startups and companies to opportunities to grow their business through tech transfer, collaborative research & development, and commercialization. As a partner intermediary to the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, 401 Tech Bridge conducts tech scans, tech scouting, outreach, and prize challenge management to identify, vet, and connect small and non-traditional businesses to NUWC Newport and the Naval X Tech Bridge Network.  

“The Blue & You” Summer Speaker Series

As 401 Tech Bridge continues to be a driver in the blue economy, it’s important that we support and participate in outreach efforts and opportunities and engage with experts as we continue to learn about the great importance and immense potential of the Blue Economy to our region.

“The Blue & You: Understanding Our Blue Economy” summer speaker series will run for a second year in a row. These educational sessions, led by panels of experts, are offered to the public. 

Considering Rhode Island has 400 miles of coastline, the blue economy has always been a vital component of the state and Greater Newport’s economy. In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on redefining the term and reenergizing efforts around making Rhode Island a regional hub for blue economy and blue tech. 

These sessions provide information that will help citizens understand what the blue economy is and how it impacts them. 

To view and register for the series, please visit Eventbrite

Interested In Learning More?