Apply for the Startup Studio Programs: HSSS 2023 Cohort Application Portal

Homeland Security Startup Studio

The Homeland Security Startup Studio (HSSS) is designed to accelerate and deliver commercial and government applications of technologies to meet homeland security needs, initially focusing on DHS S&T-funded technologies with plans to expand in the future to include technologies from other agencies and laboratories. The innovative program will form teams of entrepreneurs and match them with ground-breaking technologies to assess their commercialization potential. Entrepreneurs will work hand-in-hand with lab scientists and inventors, and explore forming companies around those technologies to solve the real-world homeland security problems of government and commercial customers.

What does FedTech look for in an applicant? 

We welcome diverse applicants who are ready to continue their entrepreneurship journey or take a step into the world of entrepreneurship, without the initial risk of leaving your day job, paying any fees, or giving up any equity.

Most prior participants have been employed full-time over the course of this program, but must be willing and able to commit to the workshops, team meetings and mentorship sessions of this program which typically occur during the week on evenings and occasional weekends.

​People of all races, genders, religions, abilities, and identities are highly encouraged to apply. We welcome all to apply for, thrive within, and grow from our programming.

Technologists: A competitive technical applicant has deep technical experience in a technology vertical(s). Although not required, a relevant PhD is generally a plus for deep tech startups along with 5+ years of industry experience. This role is for a future CTO or VP of R&D. 

Business Experts: A competitive business applicant (non-technical) typically has experience in the business aspects of the vertical (i.e. business development, operations, marketing, fundraising, strategy). Although not required, an MBA or prior operating experience in a startup is preferred, along with 5+ years of experience. This role is for a future CEO, COO, CMO, or VP of Sales.

Career Shifters, Veterans, & Re-Entrants to the Workforce: Individuals who are looking to step out and explore new career pathways are encouraged to apply for the Startup Studio Programs. 

HSSS Recruitment Process

HSSS Recruitment Process – Applicant submits initial screening application.

#1. Application evaluated within 48 hours.

#2. Then applicant is invite to submit a one-way video interview that is evaluated in 2-4 weeks of submission.

#3. Applicant is then invited to submit technology preferences and then invited to virtual Zoom interview.

#4. Applicants are given a status update in 2-4 weeks.

HSSS – Entrepreneurs Recruitment Process

Interested in taking an entrepreneurial leap without all the risks attached? Come explore the potential of cutting-edge technologies and learn what it takes to launch a startup through the Homeland Security Startup Studio.

HSSS – Mentors Recruitment Process

As a mentor for the Homeland Security Startup Studio, you will be an integral part of one entrepreneurial team’s journey. Individuals with knowledge around technology commercialization, dual-use ventures, or any other technology or business expertise is welcome to apply.

Homeland Security Startup Studio Application