Capital Factory (701 Brazos St Austin) welcomes you to our Defense Innovation Summit on November 19 starting @ 0900, where we’ll bring defense partners, corporations, the startup community and investors together for a full day of programming to promote valuable collaborations in defense innovation.


$100,000 Artificial Intelligence Investment Challenge
Five technology startup finalists will pitch their best solution to address one of the four AI “initial thrusts” articulated by the Army Artificial Intelligence Task Force. The winner will receive a $100,000 investment!

Defense Contractors Solution Pitch
A reverse pitch competition soliciting Phase I and II SBIR startups to seek relationships with compatible partners.

Lightning Talks, Fireside Chat, Networking, Epic Office Hours (application only), and more!

What are Epic Office Hours? A series of lighting speed mentoring sessions with serial entrepreneurs, corporate executives and investors. Attendees will receive a curated schedule of meetings based on various factors including stage and industry. This is an opportunity to connect with your local entrepreneurial community and receive valuable feedback on your venture. A few days before the event, you will receive confirmation if you have been accepted to participate. Applications now open!


Notable guests from previous events include Secretary of the U.S. Army, Ryan D. McCarthy, Former Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Heather Wilson and Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Army, Gregory L. Garcia.


Parking in downtown Austin can be difficult at times. We strongly encourage attendees to utilize ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft when traveling to the summit.

The Omni Hotel has paid garage options, and there are several additional parking garages surrounding Capital Factory— along with metered street parking. Please go here for more information.

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