A core pillar of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum is forging key partnerships across the community. If you are interested in partnering with DEF, please reach out to our Engagement Team at engagement@def.org.



#HumanIntelligence teaches creativity and critical thinking to tech teams, so they can collaborate with the rest of us to solve real problems.

#HumanIntelligence provides free training opportunities for DEF members to inspire and empower them to be changemakers in their piece of the virtuous insurgency. Through experienced-based training and creativity consulting, the #HumanIntelligence advances DEF's mission and members.


Rebellion Defense

Rebellion Defense builds technology products using artificial intelligence and machine learning that serve the missions of national defense for the United States, United Kingdom, and our allies.


Rebellion and DEF are partners to support the defense community on responding to remote work scenarios, improving the digital acumen of the defense base, increasing awareness on adaptive acquisition strategies, and providing industry guidance on the software needs of the DIE.



Dcode connects the tech industry and government to drive commercial innovation in the federal market. Dcode solutions for tech companies, government organizations, and industry partners are all designed to improve the way government runs, using products and practices from the private sector.

DEF and Dcode partnered to educate the defense community through co-hosted workshops, discussions, and other events about innovative acquisition, emerging technology, and forward-leaning culture


Second Front Systems

Second Front Systems (2F) speeds the delivery of emerging technologies to solve critical mission requirements- ensuring U.S. warfighters receive cutting-edge capabilities more quickly and cost-effectively. 


DEF and 2F are partners to connecting professionals through national conferences and events. These events will provide opportunities to discuss the changing landscape of dual-use technology in the national security community and educate members.

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Hacking for Defense

Hacking for Defense (H4D) provides problem sourcing and scoping workshops for government entities in the national security community, with the purpose of sourcing government problems to enable university teams to validate the problems and work towards creating novel solutions. 

This collaboration leverages the DEF membership to help source problems for H4D and provides DEF the opportunity to encourage problem scoping techniques and access to H4D university teams.



Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.


DEF and Google are partnering to collaborate on a series of software summit events that will cultivate the growing National Security software community. These summits will provide a venue to share best practices, create an advocacy platform, and help deliver good software to national security stakeholders. 



DEF and Boone are partners to provide members opportunities to connect across national security, venture capital and technology industries.


Boone will provide additional horsepower, strategizing DEF membership expansion, retention and supporting small business government acquisition education and events.


William & Mary

Understanding the value of collaboration on Whole of Government education, research, and training, the William & Mary (W&M) Whole of Government Center of Excellence (WGC) and Defense Entrepreneurs Forum (DEF) have entered into a formal cooperative agreement.

The mission of the William & Mary Whole of Government Center of Excellence is to train a new generation of future leaders who have hands-on, practical experience working across the different organizational cultures that must be harmonized in order to facilitate true interagency collaboration — long before finding themselves forced to deal with such issues during a foreign deployment or national emergency

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National Contract Management Association

The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is the world's leading resource for training, career development, and networking for Contract Management professionals in industry and government.

NCMA and DEF are partners in encouraging adoption of innovative acquisition and contracting approaches. NCMA provides educational, collaboration, and networking opportunities for DEF members, while DEF helps energize, educate, and network with the NCMA community.