Join the commercialization specialists in the Dayton Region.

The Opportunity

AFRL, HQ’ed in Dayton, Commands a

R&D Budget

Dayton’s R&D Industry is

more concentrated than the U.S. Average

Technology Generators Industries are

more concentrated in Dayton than the U.S. avg

Dayton is the

Largest Recipient of Air Force SBIR/STTR awards

SBIR company participants.

SBIR TAP assembles companies that have received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants from the federal government and identifies promising SBIR Technology that has not been brought to market or has not been developed for a commercial market. Company’s receive training and participate in demonstrations to learn how to conduct market assessments and develop commercialization plans.

The goal of these projects are to assist SBIR companies move their technology from a research phase to marketable solutions for business or consumer demand. Participants attend 18 hours of training over the course of six weeks.

Student participants.

Start-Up TAP  assembles student groups from local colleges and universities. These Students work with the technology expert and community business mentors to evaluate the technology and complete an extensive market assessment. Technologies that have viable start-up possibilities are then pitched to venture capitalists and other investors in a shark tank event. Students are provided equity in companies they help to spin out.

I'm want to learn more about TAP.

The Technology Acceleration Project (TAP) is The Entrepreneur Center’s (TEC) pilot project designed to transfer technology from research to market. Sponsored by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and partnering with Wright Brother’s Institute and the Commercialization Academy, TEC TAP is rolling out two parallel initiatives: Start-Up TAP and SBIR TAP.

The goal of TEC TAP is to provide a model that allows entrepreneurs to TAP AFRL technology. Technology that was developed to address AFRL research needs can be solutions to real business needs or consumer demand. To tap into this opportunity, existing SBIR companies are invited to participate through SBIR TAP  and students attending universities in any major are invited to participate through Start-Up TAP.

Sponsored by Air Force Research Laboratory.

Air Force Research Laboratory, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was created in October 1997. The laboratory was formed through the consolidation of four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.


AFRL’s mission is leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces.

Why Tech Transfer?
Transferring Air Force technology for commercial markets will lead to a more vibrant industrial base and generate more innovative, cost effective solutions for government and commercial requirements.

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