About Us

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 Brothers 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.

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. Start-Up TAP  assembles student groups from local colleges and universities to work with the technology experts and community business mentors to evaluate the technology and complete an extensive market assessment.

Sponsored by:

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.

Personnel and Resources
The laboratory employs approximately 10,000 military and civilian personnel. It is responsible for managing and annual $4.4 billion (Fiscal Year 2014) science and technology program that includes both Air Force and customer funded research and development. AFRL investment includes basic research, applied research and advanced technology development in air, space and cyber mission areas.

AFRL accomplishes its mission through eight component Technology Directorates, the 711Human Performance Wing, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and a central staff.

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For more than a decade, the Entrepreneurs Center (TEC) has provided incubation services and leased space for technology-oriented entrepreneurs in the Dayton Region.

TEC provides value to its clients by assisting entrepreneurs to establish a functional structure around his/her business.  Through our Know-How Network, team of advisors, mentoring, annual reviews and other services, TEC can help businesses to sharpen a plan that will maximize the probability of success.  TEC is prepared to assist entrepreneurs at all stages of development.  Of the 64 businesses that have been clients of TEC, 51 remain in business today.  (Small Business Administration [SBA] statistics show that nearly 50% of business start-ups fail within the first four years.  However, companies that graduate from  business incubators have a success rate: 85% remain in business five years after graduation.)

TEC will work with clients to identify actions and services that move the entrepreneur toward growth, profitability and sustainability.  We provide analysis to help determine what the entrepreneur needs at any given phase of business development.

Take advantage of the services of The Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at The Entrepreneurs Center which also helps in starting, sustaining and growing businesses.

Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is a partnership intermediary. WBI is partnered with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), a $4B technology powerhouse, to energize world-class R&D collaborations and technology innovation.

With AFRL, WBI reaches out to universities, small businesses, industry, federal, state and local government agencies, and international experts to solve complex problems in aerospace and national security. The organization also partners with AFRL, and regional, state and national economic development organizations to stimulate a vibrant industrial base by transferring technology from AFRL to businesses and the public sector. WBI does all this as a non-profit and neutral third party to facilitate free and open interchanges.