Gaining early visibility of new technology-driven markets can help NRL researchers understand the culture, mindset and tools tech startups use to think differently about the future — an advantage that can be leveraged in developing future naval capabilities.
“The current pilot program will last for one year and will provide a new perspective of the innovation ecosystem and more opportunities for collaborative research, and other partnerships, that we may not have otherwise,” said McKinney.
NRL’s strategic partnership with 1776 offers access to new tech companies who see problems through a different lens and create new solutions — offering insight into new networks of innovators.
To navigate government-dominated markets, 1776 intentionally chose to locate their first two campuses in the Greater Washington Metropolitan region. This strategic move has enabled the firm to search for avenues that can drive massive scale revenue and forge proprietary connections like that with NRL.
Jennifer Maher, chief executive officer of 1776, is confident that partnerships like this will provide resolution for challenges facing the world today.
“Our world is facing daunting challenges requiring solutions from collaborative and strategic partnerships and we are excited to pair our entrepreneur ingenuity and expertise in commercialization with the research and intellectual rigor from the NRL,” said Maher.