The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is proving to be very popular among startups. Dr. Douglas Maughan, director of the Cyber Security Division within the Science and Technology Directorate at DHS, said SVIP had taken a three-four month proposal process and shortened it to 30 minutes. To accomplish this, startups complete an application, program leaders evaluate it, and if they are interested, the startup is invited in for a pitch session. The evaluation board makes its decision on funding immediately thereafter. Since its founding in late 2015, the program has received around 220 applications, watched 40 pitches, and funded 22 companies. Could your agency or office benefit from a similar program?

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