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CHIPS Articles: Transferring SPAWAR Technologies to Entrepreneurs

Transferring SPAWAR Technologies to Entrepreneurs
By Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific Public Affairs - January-March 2015
The San Diego Furnace Technology Transfer Accelerator is a new startup accelerator launching in Southern California that will transfer technologies from government laboratories into the civilian marketplace.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will make technologies from the portfolio of the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) in San Diego available to entrepreneurs who can turn the technologies into successful businesses, as part of a partnership with Arizona State University (ASU).

SSC Pacific patents and technologies will be made available to entrepreneurs through a regional business model competition held during the next three months. Winning teams will then participate in an intense, nine-month accelerator program designed to produce investment-ready startups at the conclusion of the program.

The DoD has partnered with ASU’s Center of Excellence in Technology Transfer (PACE/T2) which leverages ASU’s Furnace model to support the transfer and commercialization of discoveries from research laboratories. To date, Arizona’s implementation of the Furnace system, over two iterative cycles, has formed, funded, and launched 14 new startup companies from available technologies derived from a number of public universities and private healthcare groups. Entrepreneurs are invited to view the available Navy technologies and submit a commercialization proposal by visiting

For more information, please contact Brian Suh, director of SSC Pacific Technology Transfer Office, (619) 553-5118,, or Kevin Kovaleski, director of Arizona State University partner engagement, (302) 690-5056,

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific provides the U.S. Navy and military with essential capabilities in the areas of command and control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR). SSC Pacific provides the full spectrum of C4ISR capabilities from basic research and prototype development, to extensive test and evaluation services, through systems engineering and integration, to installation and life-cycle support of fielded systems. SSC Pacific is a recognized leader in the cyber domain and for autonomous unmanned systems, and is providing the technological and engineering support critical to ensuring the Navy’s information dominance.

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