CIT Announces Demo Day for EMERGE Wearable Technology Program

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CIT and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Demo Day to showcase companies that are creating innovative wearable technology for first responders

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This partnership with DHS S&T is a continuation of our efforts, and we are honored to be a part of their innovative procurement efforts, as they find the latest wearable technologies to help our first responders.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) announced today that this year’s EMERGE Accelerator program will culminate with a Demo Day in San Francisco on September 23rd. The EMERGE program is a unique public-private partnership that was launched earlier this year to help speed the delivery of the latest innovative wearable technologies for first responders.

The Demo Day will showcase the entrepreneurs who have participated in the EMERGE program as they present their companies to a group of accredited investors and other government and industry stakeholders from across the county. Participating companies include several startups from the TechWildcatters Accelerator, along with a number of more mature early stage companies from the TechNexus Venture Collaborative. The event will showcase a wide range of innovative technologies such as mouth guards that use bone conduction technology for communication; devices for sensory impaired users that can help first responders locate people in challenging environments; a triage language translator for patients to communicate with first responders; and protective gloves with embedded equipment controls to remotely control devices.

The program, a partnership of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and CIT, is part of a larger DHS S&T initiative to engage entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas and technologies for the homeland security mission. CIT selected two business accelerators Tech Wildcatters, of Dallas, Tx. and TechNexus, of Chicago, Il. to discover and foster innovative individuals and companies with commercial wearable technology for first responder operations. Both TechNexus and Tech Wildcatters held individual events in their respective cities over the past few weeks to showcase the participating companies.

Pete Jobse, CIT President and CEO, said, “CIT’s mission for 30 years has been to drive innovation and entrepreneurship to solve societal challenges and create new economic opportunities. This partnership with DHS S&T is a continuation of our efforts, and we are honored to be a part of their innovative procurement efforts, as they find the latest wearable technologies to help our first responders.”

For more information on EMERGE go to http://www.cit.org/emerge and follow us on social media at #TechEMERGE.

About the Center for Innovative Technology, http://www.cit.org
Since 1985, CIT, a nonprofit corporation, has been Virginia’s primary driver of innovation and entrepreneurship. CIT accelerates the next generation of technology and technology companies through commercialization, capital formation, market development and revenue generation services. To facilitate national innovation leadership and accelerate the rate of technology adoption, CIT creates partnerships between innovative technology start-up companies and advanced technology consumers. Follow CIT on Twitter @CITorg and add the Center for Innovative Technology on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, http://scitech.dhs.gov
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducts basic and applied research, development, demonstration, testing and evaluation activities, and serves as the scientific and analytical core of DHS. S&T supports the Homeland Security Enterprise in six core areas borders and maritime security, cybersecurity, chemical and biological defense, countering explosives, enhancing resilience, and first responder safety and security. S&T is changing the way the federal government conducts research and development through novel approaches. To learn more, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology. Follow S&T on Twitter @DHSSciTech and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dhsscitech. Join the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology on scitech.ideascale.com/.

About Tech Wildcatters, http://www.techwildcatters.com
Located in Dallas, Tx., Tech Wildcatters is the world’s only B2B seed accelerator on the Forbes Top 10 and ranked #8 in the U.S., according to Inc. and TechCrunch. This mentor-driven program focuses on high-growth, technology startups. Tech Wildcatters is committed to growing the innovation community by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need. What makes Tech Wildcatters unique is the focus on customer and market development, and not just funding. We turn people into entrepreneurs and startups into companies. In 2015, Tech Wildcatters will have funded 68 companies, helped create over 250 jobs and has 4 exits.

About TechNexus Venture Collaborative, http://www.technexus.com
TechNexus, of Chicago, Il., is redefining venture development and investing, because we believe incumbent companies and industry leaders are facing challenges like never before. We host, mentor and invest in growth-stage startups that are willing to work with larger businesses to reach customers and markets faster, better and more profitably. We engage with corporations to identify, source and manage ventures as first customers, partners, licensees, and or investors.

This material is based on research sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Academy under agreement number FA7000-14-2-0002. The U.S. Government is authorized to reproduce and distribute reprints for Governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation thereon.

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