Build the future of defense tech

Defense Ventures Program

Any rank, any MOC, any service.
Learn from leading venture capital firms and tech startups during an 8-week immersion experience designed for the DoD’s aspiring innovators. Active Duty, Reserve, Guard and DoD Civilians encouraged to apply.
Session Three | Aug. 23 – Oct. 15
Venture Capital, Cyber
 Application deadline is June 30, 2021.
Session Four | Oct. 4 – Dec. 3
Venture Capital, Cyber 
Application deadline is July 30, 2021.

Defense Ventures Program
Host Companies

Our hosts represent leading venture capital firms, tech startups & incubators across the United States. Fellows are paired within the Shift Host Community using our proprietary matching technology.

Defense Ventures Program

The future of defense tech is public-private partnerships.

Get your seat at the table in the right room. You’ll be positioned to bring the latest commercial tech trends and innovation back to the Department of Defense.

Expand Your Network of Influence

Joining the DVP community is key to unlock your future network of invaluable connections. Finding YOUR people with diverse backgrounds & common goals to bring DoD into 21st century is the most powerful factor in success. Follow #defenseventures to learn more.

Acquire 21st-Century Private Sector Knowledge

Dive deep into venture capital and dual-use tech while learning from some of the brightest minds in the private sector. Your current skills are directly translatable—learn how during this 8-week immersion.

Accelerate Delivery to the DoD

Become a driver of public-private partnership, creating real solutions to the world’s toughest problems while learning to accelerate delivery of best-in-class tech to the warfighter.

Sound like an opportunity for you?

If you think you should be among the 100 fellows this fall, you're probably right. Open to all employees of the Department of Defense with at least 3 years experience.

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Defense Ventures Program

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Software & Data

Are you skilled at building software or working with data? Eager to dig into the product life cycle and identify where you can best contribute? Advance your career through interactions with industry experts, hands-on exercises with your peers, and connection to Shift’s hiring partners.

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Sales & Customer Ops

Explore how to frame your military experience in a way that resonates with sales and customer success recruiters and why you are a great fit for these careers. Understand the customer lifecycle from prospecting to account management and identify where you best fit.

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Navigating Next

In a moment of career change but not quite sure what’s next? Explore your interests, discover your professional goals, and learn the tools you’ll need to take your next career steps.

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Project & Program Management

Learn how to transform your previously structured military approach into new project management roles. Gain insight from other veterans who have found success and translate your experiences to stand out as a high-potential candidate.

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What to expect from your
8-week fellowship

  • Plan for three hours of virtual group meetings and five hours of self-paced work per week. The more you give, the more you grow.
  • Join a cohort of like-minded peers in your target industry and benefit from a powerful support network as you expand your career.
  • Develop interview-ready skills while gaining exclusive industry knowledge. Our curriculum is designed to help you rapidly succeed.
  • Build your resume, own your story, and learn from inside experts. Stand out with confidence as you begin the job application process.
  • Complete a Career Accelerator to fast-track your job search and guarantee your member profile is highlighted to Shift hiring partners.
  • Commit to professional growth, peer support, and mentoring the next generation of veterans when you find success in your new career.
Air Force Ventures Fellowship

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Fellows have
to say

The AFVentures Fellowship program connects the best and brightest from the United States Air Force with Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms and technology startups.

Learn more about the AFVentures Fellowship

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