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The UAS Cluster Initiative will contribute to the accomplishment of the strategic goals of Oklahoma and Kansas by:
  • Providing practical training in technology commercialization to UAS entrepreneurs
  • Attracting angel capital, venture capital and private equity to UAS entrepreneurs
  • Making some of the world’s best UAS technologies available to UAS entrepreneurs
  • Accelerating the planning and launch of UAS startups
  • Promoting regional research parks and testing facilities for UAS
  • Enabling established companies to connect with leading technologies and emerging startups
  • Enabling UAS industry cluster participants to share best practices with other cluster managers and make good use of federal investments


  • UAS Business Plan Competition
  • Comprehensive Multi-Institution Curriculum Guide
  • Attracting the National Angel Investor Network
  • Introducing Angel Investors to UAS Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting the Global VC Industry
  • Introducing Venture Investors to UAS Entrepreneurs
  • Attracting Technology from Federal Labs
  • Attracting Technology from Universities
  • UAS Technology Showcase
  • Mentoring and Acceleration Service
  • Training for Manufacturers in Methods of Open Innovation
  • Networking Events Support
  • National Forum on Cluster Strategies and Federal Resources
  • Website of Regional Research Parks and Testing Facilities
  • Oklahoma AAS Council Guidance
  • Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission Guidance
  • Leverage SBIR
  • Comprehensive Catalog of Regional UAS Firms

IMCP and Promise Zone

The UAS Cluster Initiative will be serving manufacturers, investors and entrepreneurs throughout the 77 counties of Oklahoma and 105 counties of Kansas. The Kansas counties are home to many aerospace firms and the South Kansas IMCP region (Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership, an EDA designation). The South Kansas IMCP is designed to deepen the innovative capacity of the region with a strategy centered on developing university centers of excellence and industry driven curriculum to support manufacturers in flexible design, advanced materials development, automation, and prototyping.

The UAS Cluster Initiative will be serving manufacturers, investors and entrepreneurs in the Choctaw Promise Zone. The goals of the Promise Zone include attracting private investment, improving affordable housing availability, improving educational opportunities, reducing serious and violent crimes, and assisting local and tribal leaders in navigating federal programs and cutting through red tape. The Promise Zone is introducing their manufacturers to the UAS Open Innovation Forum and identifying student teams to participate in the UAS Business Plan competition.