DARPA Program to Get Your Company Cleared
Ever heard of BRIDGES?
Is your startup working on technology that could be useful in a classified mission, but you aren’t sure how to get started getting your company cleared?
Check out the Bringing Classified Innovation to Defense and Government Systems (BRIDGES) Program.
The BRIDGES initiative is a pilot effort sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to connect innovation from small companies that traditionally do not work with the United States Government to classified Department of Defense (DoD) research and development (R&D) efforts.
To participate in BRIDGES, companies can submit short (~4 page) proposals against topic areas provided by the government. The government will review all proposals, evaluate them, and invite selected companies to join a consortium. As a member of the consortium, a company will be sponsored for a facility clearance and provided access to classified work areas and networks where they can perform classified work.