Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced its first business accelerator program, EMERGE!, aimed at entrepreneurs who have innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the Homeland Security community and whose wearable technologies could be adapted for first responder operations.
The accelerator program seeks innovative solutions that help the “responder of the future” save lives and carry out their mission, particularly in the area of wearable technologies, such as body-worn electronics, advanced sensors, and integrated voice and data communications embedded in a responder’s gear.
“First responders can
benefit from these new emerging technologies, to not only ensure their personal
safety, but to better save the lives of those they serve,” said DHS Deputy
Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin a former
firefighter and emergency manager. “There may be innovators who have ideas for
the latest scientific advancements that can make a difference in helping these
program will help innovators to develop and launch their ideas into investable
companies by providing early market validation, mentoring and access to private
investment. This program will accelerate the development of selected commercial
wearable technologies and provide a path to introduce those technologies to a
variety of markets, including Government sector partners.
program is one part of S&T’s overall strategy to reinvigorate federal
government research and development. Through prize competitions, open
dialogues, and accelerator programs, S&T is hoping to attract innovators,
keeping pace with the speed of technological advancement.
EMERGE! program was developed in partnership with the United States Air Force
Academy (USAFA), DHS Center for Innovation, and the Center for Innovative