xTechSearch is a competition sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)), targeting small businesses to uncover novel dual-use science and technology solutions to tackle the Army's most critical modernization challenges. xTechSearch is an open topic call executed twice per calendar year accepting white paper submissions in the Spring and Fall.
The Army xTechSearch program will provide increasing non-dilutive seed prizes to select small businesses to proceed in the competition. Ultimately 10 small business finalists will receive awards of $120,000 each and be invited to demonstrate a proof-of-concept of their dual-use technologies at an Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference. A grand prize winner will be selected and awarded an additional $250,000 prize. In addition to the prizes, the xTechSearch program will provide education, mentorship, and networking opportunities to help integrate small businesses into the Army science and technology ecosystem.
Each xTechSearch competition is comprised of four phases: 1. Concept White Papers, 2. Technology Pitches, 3. Semifinals, and 4. Finals.
Each phase has a unique set of requirements, as well as benefits and prizes for the selected winners.
The xTech Accelerator program is designed to help xTechSearch winners be successful via educational programming, diverse mentorship, venture building consulting, strategic exposure, and community building. This program is available to xTechSearch finalists.
The ultimate goals of the xTech Accelerator are:
All xTechSearch participants will be invited to join the xTech Community, operated by FedTech. Here you will have access to a private community of defense innovators, mentors, Army leaders, educational opportunities, and in-person events. This initiative will pull together participants from multiple xTechSearch cohorts into a bespoke community of defense technology innovators.
The xTechSearch Program has seen many inspiring companies and innovative technologies that can help advance the Army’s mission. We encourage you to watch the technology overview videos below to learn about some of the novel solutions created by our finalists. The overviews provide insight into how these technology solutions can benefit the Army’s modernization needs and problem areas.