Small Business Igniting


Connecting small businesses with the U.S. Army to spur innovation. The xTech Program manages the Army’s prize competitions to award and accelerate innovative technology solutions that can help solve Army challenges. 

Finalists Announced


Twenty-four small businesses have been selected to receive an additional cash prize of $15,000 each and advance to Part 3: Finals, in December 2023.

Accepting Submissions

xTech and NSIN Present: Good Vibrations Challenge

A forum for students, focusing on implementing innovative solutions for extracting unique features from ground vehicle signatures collected using acoustic and seismic sensors and developing classification algorithms to enable robust discrimination between the different classes of vehicles.

Winners Announced

xTechSBIR Autonomy

The Army xTech Program selected 20 teams to receive a cash prize of $15,000 and an invitation to submit a Phase I SBIR award focusing on novel autonomous ground and air vehicle capabilities and technology solutions.

Accepting Submissions

xTechSearch 8

The xTech Program’s flagship competition is open for submissions. xTechSearch 8 provides prize money, feedback from Department of Defense experts and the chance for winners to apply for a $250,000 Phase I SBIR award. Don’t miss the Army’s only open-topic prize competition.

Coming Soon

xTechInternational 2024

Have an innovative technology that can solve Army and Department of Defense needs? With the winter launch of xTechInternational 2024, the Army aims to strengthen its operational capabilities by offering small businesses and academic institutions cash prizes, valuable feedback and learning opportunities to partner with the Department of Defense.


Do you want to work with the Army to solve big problems? Check out xTech’s open competitions and see which is right for your business. Submit your application today!


Our xTech active competitions are in full-swing! With submission windows closed, check out the topics being tackled throughout each phase of our competitions.



It starts with a white paper.


That gets you to the pitch event.


That leads to proof-of-concept presentations and potential follow-on contracts!

Innovation Through Collaboration

We don’t just award cash prizes. We provide education, mentorship and networking opportunities to help integrate small businesses into the Army science and technology ecosystem.

what we do

  • Connect with non-traditional small businesses to spur innovation
  • Accelerate technology development for the Army
  • Break down barriers to working with the Army
  • Propel American business toward enduring commercial viability and success

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