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AFLCMC to award more than $12 million during Pitch Day event in Dayton

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  • By AFLCMC Strategic Planning and Transformation Division

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The  Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, working with the Dayton Development Coalition and JobsOhio will host the AFLCMC Pitch Day at Carillon Park in Dayton, Ohio  Nov. 13-14. 

The AFLCMC Pitch Day event is modeled after the inaugural Air Force Pitch Day which took place in March 2019, as well as commercial investment pitch competitions. The event will award Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts on-the-spot to companies based on a streamlined evaluation of written proposals and in-person presentations. 

The AFLCMC has selected 17 companies ready for investment to pitch at the event. Winners will be awarded an immediate contract and receive an initial payment with a credit card.  AFLCMC plans to award over $12 million in contracts to the companies whose solutions are selected.

The companies will give private pitches to Air Force officials on the morning of Nov. 13. 

The second day will feature public pitches from the 17 companies and keynote presentations by Gen. Arnold Bunch, Jr., Commander of the Air Force Materiel Command, and Lt. Gen. Duke Richardson, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics at the Pentagon.
Mark Kvamme, a partner at Drive Capital in Columbus, Ohio, will give a keynote on Nov. 13. Kvamme served as the first President and Chief Investment Officer of JobsOhio, Ohio’s private, non-profit economic development corporation. 

The SBIR program selects small businesses to help the military solve critical problems. AFLCMC Pitch Day companies have moved from Phase 1 to Phase 2 with their customer and are seeking contracts with the Air Force as well as a follow-on investment to begin commercializing their products and technologies for use on aircraft or weapons systems. 

The event seeks to connect SBIR companies with the resources they need to complete their Phase 2 work and introduce them to the business resources available in Ohio. 

For more information on participation opportunities, please check out the AFLCMC Pitch Day website:

Members of the media must register by Nov. 1. There will be no on-site registration.

Please note that submitting your request to attend does not guarantee admittance. All requests to attend will be followed up with a validation email confirming your admittance.

The following portions of the events are open for media coverage:

Nov. 13, 2 – 5 p.m.
Keynotes and presentations including Mark Kvamme.

Nov. 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit the showcase where companies present their pitch ideas in a public forum. Keynotes include Gen. Bunch and Lt. Gen. Richardson.

Participating Program Executive Offices (PEOs) Objectives:

  • PEO Fighters/Bombers: Seeking ideas for cyber-related commercial innovations to improve its fighter/bomber portfolio of aircraft
  • PEO Mobility and Training Aircraft: Seeking Ideas for maintenance and manufacturing technologies for aircraft including digital technologies
  • PEO Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Special Operating Forces (ISR/SOF): Seeking ideas to explore innovative technologies and/or processes that could impact ISR systems and SOF operations
  • PEO Presidential & Executive Airlift: Seeking ideas for improving communication systems, protecting intellectual property and introducing additive manufacturing into current sustainment efforts