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UAS Cluster Initiative newsletter
  November 14, 2023

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Oklahoma;
Defense TechConnect Summit and Fall SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference;
Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day ;
Rethink Vertical Podcast;

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Oklahoma

November 13-19 , 2023, is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Oklahoma and across the globe. Each November, 10 million people take part in tens of thousands of activities, competitions and events that provide them with the knowledge, experience and connections they need to succeed as an entrepreneur. As part of the global events, Oklahoma has over 74 live and virtual events designed to foster community impact and ecosystem awareness.

This week will feature a number of virtual webinars streamed on the GEW Oklahoma Linked In page.
Included in these webinars, UASCI Executive Director, Craig Mahaney will participate on 2 panels:
- one on the Innovation Ecosystem (Tuesday Nov 14th at 10:00 am); and
- one on Venture Capital (Friday Nov 17th at 8:30 am).
If you miss them live, you can still view them on the GEW Oklahoma Linked In page.

For a complete list of all the amazing events across Oklahoma for Global Entrepreneurship Week, please visit .

Defense TechConnect Summit and Fall SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference

The annual Defense TechConnect (DTC) Summit, co-located with the Fall SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference and Resilience Week at the Gaylord at National Harbor, from November 28 to 30. This collaborative event unites defense, private industry, federal agencies, and academic leaders to accelerate the development of cutting-edge technology solutions for the military and national security.
A component of this event, the SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference, offers direct access to over $4 billion in early-stage funding, valuable insights on securing funding, and excellent networking opportunities with global industry experts, investors, and key federal leaders. For startups or business developing new technologies and products related to military and national security, this is an opportunity to connect with federal program managers and entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) for learning and networking.

If you are interested in attending, you can use the code 23SBIRDSC for a 20 percent discount on the "SBIR/STTR Program Only" option. Or, use the code 23SBIREX for "Expo Floor Only Registration" for free access to the Expo Hall to meet in person with agency representatives.

Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day
Saturday, Dec 8, 2023, at 137th Special Operations Wing at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day is an annual event to advance STEM and aerospace career awareness in the minds of policymakers, students, the citizens of Oklahoma, and to the national aviation and aerospace industries. This year's event will be on December 8th, 2023, at the 137th Special Operations Wing at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City. The program features Heather "Lucky" Penney as the keynote speaker and that Col. (Ret) Eileen Collins will accept the appointment as the 2023 Woman of the Year.

Register for this event at Oklahoma Women in Aviation and Aerospace Day Lunch on Eventbrite.

Listen to the Rethink Vertical Podcast

Don't miss the Rethink Vertical podcast, brought to you by the UAS Cluster Initiative, and listen as host Craig Mahaney interviews the industry's most innovative thinkers and doers to bring you emerging aerospace industry insight, without the fluff. New podcasts are released the third Thursday of each month.

You can access the Rethink Vertical Podcasts at: Rethink Vertical Podcast.

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.

Questions or comments regarding Newsletter, contact Jack James at
Upcoming Industry Events
Oklahoma Women in Aviation & Aerospace Day
December 8, 2023
Will Rogers Airport, 137th Special Operations Wing, Oklahoma City, OK
Droneport Headlines
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Commission sets out measures to tackle potential threats from civilian drones
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The European Commission is adopting today a Communication on countering threats posed by unlawful and dangerous use of drones that are designed for civil use.
Industry Headlines
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Could Tiny Drone Swarms Help Pollinate Crops? WPI Researcher Develops RoboBees
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Personal Flying Vehicle Converted for Farming
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Ryse Aero Technology devised a way to modify its electric flying vehicle to be used to fertilize farmland

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