Member Benefits

Participation in the Defense Alliance is sought among groups and individuals with an interest in seeing the region's defense contributions grow, including large and small firms, startups, academic and R&D institutions, our elected officials, and professional military and trade organizations.

Member Benefits:

  • Membership listing on the Defense Alliance website
  • Periodic receipt of the Industry Brief, an email-based informational bulletin with useful content regarding technology commercialization, events, Member news, etc.
  • Free marketing of your organization, products and services through the Industry Brief and other periodic venues (send requests to Defense Alliance).
  • In-person and Webinar events quarterly covering topics related to the mission of Defense Alliance and its membership.
  • Limited consulting services on a first-come-first served basis.* Qualified and selected businesses receive an initial consultation on their ability to commercialize technology from two perspectives:
    • Technology readiness: innovation that is currently ripe to meet (or potentially create) market demand for a known customer or customer base; or technology that is significantly ground-breaking or of high potential to be worth further advancement of its TRL (technological readiness level).
    • Business readiness: a corporate leadership and management team that is invested in and capable of creating and executing a strategic approach to the market that will include human and financial capital resources sufficient to advance the technology either alone, and/or with financial and technology partners

While the Alliance is anchored in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St Paul and focused on technology businesses in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, it has pioneered an "extra-regional" approach to technology-based economic development. As of 2017, the Alliance has Member organizations in 34 states.


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*Where the Defense Alliance staff does not have the capability or capacity to provide sufficient subject matter expertise, or where the requirements exceed the free resources available through SBA funding, fee-based services will be recommended as appropriate.