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The members of the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum are united in purpose through the service of our nation and the desire to bring new ideas and innovations to the defense ecosystem. The defense ecosystem is a large mutli-tiered organization that can, at times, stymie new ideas and new ways of doing things. Within any organization, there are people driven to find new, better, faster, cheaper, easier and more effective solutions. DEF is designed to unite those people enabling them with multiple avenues to express themselves, network with other like minded individuals and gain the ideas, mentorship and support necessary to bring ideas to execution.

The DOD is a unique organization with its own rules and governance concerning innovation and idea implementation. DEF will help innovators navigate this complex system by modeling the behavior the government should adopt to further innovation and create an informal network of the military’s most creative minds, leveraging their talents to develop friendships throughout the year the can be leveraged to tackle ad hoc ventures or other challenges that our military faces.

Organization Established: February 2013

Who: Self-organized group.

Purpose: A community to inspire, connect, share and support innovation within the defense ecosystem

Pathways: Annual conference, regional forums, Blog publication (“WhiteBoard”), Awards (App contest, innovator award, both to be developed), Web site (www.defenseentrepreneurs.org)

Focus for 2014: Expand capacity to regionalize (create DEFx which are regional conferences) and virtualize (increased functionality for the web site, increased quantity and quality of content on WhiteBoard)