The Aerospace and Defense Small Business Accelerator for the Southwest is a Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research (cSETR) led regional economic development initiative to catalyze the development of an aerospace and defense technology-focused small business ecosystem. The program was initiated with support from the Economic Development Administration i6 Challenge Award [ED17HDQ0200077].
This start-up and small business capacity development effort engage regional stakeholders and focus on implementing strategies to:
- Connect R&D infrastructure, technology development and commercialization, entrepreneurship initiatives, regional economic incentives, and business development
- Increase regional capacity for small high-tech and innovation-based businesses
- Develop and maintain an integrated workforce for aerospace and defense technologies to support start-ups and small businesses
The accelerator maintains regionally networked facilities and serves as an incubation, proof-of-concept center, and business and workforce development hub focused on aerospace and defense technologies for the El Paso region.