Is this program an in-person program?
No, H4XLabs has always been both in-person and online, but recently with the current COVID situation, H4XLabs has gone all online.
How do I get more information about H4XLabs program for SBIR 20.1awardees?
Please send an email to to learn more. For SBIR program and administrative questions and for technical questions on specific topics, please see information and instructions at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics/instructions?solicitationId=130.
What is the goal of H4XLabs and this SBIR Phase 1 program?
The goal is to facilitate the companies ability to get follow-on SBIR grants, find customers, and ensure they have found product market fit for their products.
This is done by H4XLabs leveraging the H4X process as created by BMNT, connecting the companies to BMNT's network of advisors, mentors, and potential customers, and exposing the company to BMNT's Defense Investor Network.
I am an SBIR 20.1 awardee, but not for a topic that provided entrance into H4XLabs, can I enter H4XLabs
Yes, H4XLabs offers any dual-use or government first startup the ability to directly apply to H4XLabs independent of the ONR effort. The fees associated with H4XLabs will have to be paid by the company directly. If interested, please email us at
What is the difference between the tracks.
There are two tracks.. One is a full accelerator program. The other is a limited commitment advisory program.
Full Accelerator Track - The program is 3 months. It is a full accelerator program. There is a 3 day on boarding at the beginning of the program, curriculum assignments, weekly checkins for under 2 hours, then a 2 day next steps to funding, customers, and grants near the end of the 3 months.
Mentor and Advisory Track - The program is 3 months where you work with a mentor and a subset of advisors on a weekly basis to work on specific aspects of building your business. The commitment (other than assignments are weekly phone calls.
Which SBIR 20.1 awardees can apply?
Any awardee can apply, but ONR is offering awardees from Accelerated Delivery and Acquisition of Prototype Technologies (ADAPT) topic free of charge.
How do I signup?
All awardees of topic 20.1 ADAPT phase I are eligible to join H4XLabs. Please just email to learn more and sign up.
Does H4XLabs cost anything?
For ADAPT 20.1 awardees the fees associated with H4XLabs are paid for directly by ONR. The only expenses that a company might incur is travel expenses if they attend any of the sessions in person. H4XLabs is virtual, but it is recommended that you try to come to Palo Alto for a few days at the beginning of the cohort and near the end to maximize the value of the experience.
Is the curriculum customized to my company?
There are two parts of H4XLabs curriculum. One which is the H4XLabs H4X curriculum which is common for all awardees and then there is a custom portion that provides activities, mentors and advisors that are specific to the stage and type of company.
If I was a 19.1 Awardee, can I still apply?
Yes, but the initial program that ONR offered is completed.
Does H4XLabs take any equity in the company
No, H4XLabs does not take any equity in the company as part of ONR sponsored program.