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Defense Innovation Voucher Program

Are you a defense contractor based in San Diego County who is pursuing new commercial markets or looking to diversify your government contracts?  

 

Propel San Diego partners – San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) and San Diego Regional EDC – unveiled 15 companies selected to participate in the Defense Innovation Voucher program (DIVx). DIVx is a comprehensive business initiative designed to build resiliency in small, local defense companies and help them find pathways to diversify their revenue. 

This pilot program will offer complimentary consulting services and curriculum to improve the competitiveness of small defense companies, selected through a competitive needs-based selection process. The program will help companies compete for government or defense contracts and/or explore pivoting products and services to commercial markets.
 
The DIVx program will provide services in these three specific areas:
 
1. Direct Assistance: EDC has identified qualified consultants who will provide $15,000 in complimentary consulting services in one of the following categories: marketing, accounting compliance, certifications (SDVOSB, AS9100, AS5553, ISO 9001, etc.), lean supply chain and additive manufacturing tools, and strategic planning.
 
2. Boot Camp: Enrollment in a six-month long course designed to provide best practices to company leadership on strategies to improve company competitiveness.
 
3. DIVx Grand Prize Competition: This competition will award a company based off their level of engagement in these activities and progress towards their goals with an additional $25,000 to work with one of the pre-approved contractors to perform new work with the company.
 
The 2018 DIVx companies are as follows:
  1. Accel-RF Instruments Corporation
  2. Amaratek
  3. American Lithium Energy Corporation
  4. Coast Precision Enterprises, Inc.
  5. EpiSci (EpiSys Science, Inc.)
  6. Fuse Integration, Inc.
  7. GET Engineering Corporation
  8. intelliSolutions, inc.
  9. Marine Group Boat Works, LLC
  10. Ocean Aero
  11. Planck Aerosystems
  12. Sidus Solutions
  13. Trabus Technologies
  14. VetPowered, LLC
  15. Vortex Engineering

If you are a non-defense contractor looking to expand to international markets, please check out the MetroConnect program

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This project is funded in whole or in part with Community Economic Adjustment Assistance for Reductions in Defense Industry Employment funds provided by the U.S. Department of Defense - Office of Economic Adjustment to the City of San Diego. 

Have more questions about the program? Contact Jesse Gipe at jg@sandiegobusiness.org