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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  March 19, 2024

  1. Apply for UAS Angel Network's April 10th pitch session.
  2. Oklahoma Aerospace Week on April 1-6
  3. America's Seed Fund Road Tour South on April 2-5.
In Memorium: The UAS Cluster Initiative pays heartfelt tribute to Oklahoma-born astronaut, test pilot, and aerospace legend Lieutenant General Thomas P. Stafford, who passed on March 18th, 2024. His unwavering leadership in aerospace, technology development, and space exploration have inspired generations, propelling humanity toward the cosmos.

1. Apply for UAS Angel Network's April 10th pitch session.

Looking for funding to develop your Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) startup? The UAS Angel Network is accepting applicants. The UAS Angel Network is a group of accredited individual investors, angel groups, and seed funds who seek opportunities to invest in UAS and AAM companies. Applications are due by Wednesday March 20th for the pitch session on April 10, 2024.

Business should have an MVP. Areas of interest include:
Drone Service Providers; UAS logistics; Airspace Management Systems; UAS Flight Safety Systems; Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM); Droneports and Vertiports; and the Commercialization of New UAS Technologies.

To apply, go to the website.

2. Oklahoma Aerospace Week April 1-6

Oklahoma's Aerospace and Defense community is set to celebrate the state's first annual Oklahoma Aerospace Week, powered by the Oklahoma City Innovation District in collaboration with the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics. For more information go to Oklahoma Aerospace Week or Oklahoma Aerospace Week Events Agenda

Events include:
The OKCID "Tech Talk" and Opening Reception on Monday, April 1st sponsored by Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES) Program. Free registration at Tech Talk and Opening Reception
The Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium on Tuesday, April 2. For tickets to attend, go to Ticket sales for Aerospace Innovative Training Symposium
The Aero Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 3.
The "Taking Flight," Scissortail Park's annual Wind and Kite Festival on Saturday, April 6th.

3. America's Seed Fund Road Tour South on April 2nd to 5th.

America's Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The 2024 Road Tour South events:
April 2 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
April 3 in Jackson, Mississippi .
April 4 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana .
April 5 in Houston, Texas .

Go to to register for any of these events.
To find out more about SBIR and STTR, go to the website or view the SBIR Overview Slide show.

UASCI is creating an environment where unmanned aviation startups can thrive, connect with innovative networks, access global capital, discover national technologies and learn from proven tech industry leaders.

The UAS Cluster Initiative is funded in part through a Contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed within this newsletter do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.

Questions or comments regarding Newsletter? Contact Jack James at
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