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Liquid Piston — 7th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge Awardee — here’s what they do:

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8th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge topics announced —

For the 8th competition, Sikorsky Innovations, along with its competition partner the Stamford Innovation Center, is continuing its tradition of unveiling a new set of focus areas: (1) Distributed, Reconfigurable MEMS Sensor Network; (2) Adaptive Communications for Assured Data Exchange; and, (3) Advanced Sensor Fusion. These areas highlight current technologies the company believes represent disruptive opportunities for the aerospace market for which near-term opportunities exist for collaboration with Sikorsky and other Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems organizations.

Full press release here.

More details and application info here.

(Note: 8th EChallenge is now closed.  9th Challenge will be announced in a few months.)

Lockheed Martin Challenges Entrepreneurs to Pitch 1,000 Feet Above Austin at South by Southwest

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 20, 2017 — Lockheed Martin Ventures, the venture capital arm of Lockheed Martin, in partnership with ClearSky and ARCH Venture Partners, is accepting applications for a first-of-its-kind competition that will have entrepreneurs pitch their business plan in a helicopter in the skies above Austin, Texas. The pitch, at the 2017 South by Southwest festival, is part of Lockheed Martin’s increased focus on investing in emerging companies.  Read More here.

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Congratulations to Liquid Piston, the winner of the 7th Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Challenge for their work in advanced Propulsion. Based in Bloomfield, CT, LiquidPiston specializes in development of compact, powerful, quiet, efficient, low-vibration, scalable, multi-fuel capable rotary combustion engines, based on its patented High Efficiency Hybrid Thermodynamic Cycle. LiquidPiston received a $25,000 cash prize along with an opportunity to explore opportunities for LiquidPiston’s technology with the Sikorsky product line.

Check out this fun video that shows Liquid Piston technology powering a Go-Cart:

The submission deadline for the 7th Sikorsky Challenge has passed.  But if you would like to know what Sikorsky’s top engineers are interested in, please  watch our webinar.

 Who Can Apply?
The Entrepreneurial Challenge is open to any company, U.S. based or international, including newly-formed and pre-revenue entities, that meet the requirements defined in the Entrepreneurial Challenge Application Kit. Learn more in our Simple Submission Guidelines.

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