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NASA + H4XLabs

With a greater emphasis on commercialization, SBIR Ignite funds U.S. early-stage, high-risk technology development to help make companies and their technologies more attractive to private sector investors, customers, and partners.

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How is H4XLabs supporting NASA?

H4XLabs is helping NASA run their SBIR Ignite program from start to finish. That includes topic selection, topic shaping, and through the proposal assessment and selection process.

H4XLabs hosts events and workshops that bring together entrepreneurs, NASA, and industry experts alongside private equity investors. This helps entrepreneurs receive feedback on their technologies, learn about NASA's needs, and network with potential partners and investors. NASA benefits by learning where private capital wants to invest so NASA can align their investment alongside mission need and commercial industry. Investors have early access to budding companies in an up-and-coming industry.



Companies networking between panels at June 15, 2023 Hybrid Electric Catalyst Event in San Diego


Dr. Quenton Bonds, NASA SBIR/STTR Program Manager, speaking to companies at our July 31, 2023 LEO Destinations Catalyst Event in Los Angeles

Who is NASA SBIR Ignite for?

Entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses based in the United States that are:

  • New to NASA or SBIR

  • Looking to get capabilities to market

  • High growth, product-oriented in a NASA-relevant field

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Must qualify as a Small Business Concern (SBC) with 500 employees or less and legally established in the U.S.


What are past topics for NASA SBIR Ignite?

  • Complete/Full Hybrid Electric Power Plants for 1500-5000 lb. Airplanes or Drones

  • Closing Capability Gaps to Accelerate In-Space Production Applications in LEO

  • Earth Science Decision Apps with a Focus on the Mitigation of Climate Change Impacts in the Areas of Wildfires and Water Management

  • Commercial Development of Active Debris Remediation (ADR) and Orbital Debris Tracking Services

  • Mining and Mineral Processing Technologies for Earth and Moon


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