How can Sembler help you combine your innovations with Draper’s expertise into a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts?
For more than 80 years, Draper has been solving challenging problems for its customers, historically federal government agencies and more recently commercial firms. To tackle even bigger customer problems, Draper can team with others possessing complementary skills—including startups. Working through Sembler is a great way for a startup to leverage Draper’s technical and contract expertise to pursue much larger efforts than either could take on alone.
For example, Draper’s relationship with the USSOCOM headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, has enabled Sembler to help several startups develop their technologies to meet the needs of special operations forces.
Opportunities to work together can range from supporting a startup on a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project all the way up to collaborating on large projects for the federal government or commercial customers. SBIR and STTR projects are a great way for startups to get some non-dilutive funding to support their development. As a non-profit research and development organization, Draper can participate in either of these programs with you, and Sembler can make that happen.