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The Entrepreneurial Challenge

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Sikorsky Innovations, the advanced research organization of a world leader in vertical flight solutions, is looking for your ideas!

Through the Entrepreneurial Challenge, the organization identifies potential collaborators that can help solve some of the toughest industry challenges.

Awardees will gain entry to an extensive network of technical experts, business mentors, strategic team members, potential customers and experienced investors.

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Check back for updates on new focus areas and our 2019 pitch event.


Sikorsky Innovations holds the Entrepreneurial Challenge to highlight and support revolutionary ideas, ventures and innovators whose technology is highly relevant to one of its identified focus area.  Each focus area (outlined below) represents current company technology needs for production aircraft and processes.

Sikorsky is looking for agile technology leaders across all industry domains that embody the entrepreneurial spirit, passion, and management style to complement the qualities of an established industry leader. The company encourages individuals or teams incubating new ideas around the globe, whether working in a garage or in a Fortune 500 company, to apply.


The Winner of the competition will be eligible for a $25K non-dilutive cash prize.

Winners of the Entrepreneurial Challenge will also have the opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with Sikorsky to validate their products and explore opportunities.
  • Access mentoring programs, education workshops, and events across Connecticut's entrepreneurial network, CTNEXT, for one year.
  • Receive an investment evaluation from the Sikorsky Entrepreneurial Panel during incubation.

Most of all, Winners and Awardees of the Entrepreneurial Challenge will be able to leverage Sikorsky's industry knowledge and relationships.  In addition, Sikorsky reserves the right to name to other classes of award winners: Special Recognition and Honorable Mention.  These two classes of awardees will also have the opportunity to work with Sikorsky to explore opportunities.

All prizes and awards are subject to the Terms & Conditions found in the Application Package.

Entrepreneurial Challenge Success Story: Response Technologies

Entrepreneurial Challenge Success Story: Response Technologies

Since 2012 Sikorsky Innovations has been on a quest to find start-ups, small business and industry partners to help solve the toughest challenges when it comes to emerging technologies.

Through the Entrepreneurial Challenge, 16 companies from around the world have had the opportunity to work directly with Sikorsky to further their ideas. In 2015, Response Technologies was selected as an honorable mention for the 6th annual competition.

Now, Response Technologies is working with one of Sikorsky’s leading research and development programs: Aircraft & Aircrew Protection (A&AP).

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Carolyn Fales
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Sikorsky Innovations

Sikorsky Innovations is an agile, distributed group of Engineering & Technology experts, as well as academic, industry and business partners.  Working together, we are leveraging the strengths of Sikorsky to quickly and affordably solve the toughest problems in vertical flight by introducing new technologies, processes and products.

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