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About The CATAPULT Forum and Expo

A two-day marketplace where regional technology capabilities, emerging solutions, and regional capacity are showcased to Naval leaders within the NRE, Fleet, and Force along with pre-events to help condition and pre-qualify companies and their innovations. Naval, industry, and regional leaders will quickly begin the execution of discovered opportunities together.

This event is a collaborative effort of
Office of Naval Research
Defense Leadership Forum
Virginia Beach Economic Development Authority
Dept. of the Navy SBIR/STTR Program


Sandler Center, Virginia Beach, VA


JUNE 5-6 2018

The New Era of Government Contracting

Meet One-on-One with Naval Decision Makers for your solution!

CATAPULT is a first of its kind event. Department of The Navy is making serious efforts to minimize the time it takes to bring a solution from discovery to deployment. This begins with open communication to the providers, like you. At the CATAPULT event you will be able to speak directly with subject matter experts from the Department of the Navy.

Learn. Get Connected. Catapult your offering over obstacles.

Learn from Naval leadership

The “Expo” component provides an exhibit space for up to 150 exhibitors: (a) regional small tech firms, larger firms offering sustainment capabilities, and universities’ innovation centers; and (b) the office of Naval research and other Naval organizations. Expo exhibitors will align closely with one or more of the science/technology priorities established in the new “Naval R&D Framework”.

Very Limited Seating and EXPO Space available!

This is the first event of its kind and space is very limited. Please take advantage of the early-bird discounts available on all tickets and exhibitor spaces.

Forum and Expo Agenda

Partial List of Conference Agenda. The agenda is regularly updated as we add new speakers and events.



Speakers from NAVY, Government and Business

Hear from world class speakers. Meet with and learn directly from Naval Leadership. Learn. Connect. Only at CATAPULT 2018.


Sandler Center 201 Market St, Virginia Beach, VA 23462

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The First event of it's kind. CATAPULT 2018