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Pulse Accelerator

Announcing Round 4 - Flight!

Applications open February 2024 and Round 4 begins April 2024. Visit for more information.

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The Pulse Accelerator helps emerging technology companies accelerate growth and development that supports the public safety and first responder sectors.

Working together in a collaborative program, participants engage directly with specialists and experts from business, technology and public safety to develop a plan for commercialization of their solution. The program is geared towards innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs who are currently operating or planning to operate a startup.

The three previous pilot rounds of the accelerator ran from March - June 2021, September - December 2021, and February – May 2022. For more information about how to participate in Pulse's upcoming round or to learn more about past participants, please visit  

This video provides a summary of NIST PSCR's virtual accelerator program.

Program Highlights 

  • Participants pay only with their commitment and dedication to improving their business, as the cost of the accelerator is covered by PSCR. 
  • These 8- and 12-week virtual programs are designed by implementers with over 10 years of experience accelerating technology-based businesses. 
  • Participants engage with a real-world entrepreneurial business development program focused on commercialization. 
  • Participants receive over 50 hours of ongoing strategic consulting and market research to help validate existing target markets, expand understanding, and uncover new opportunities. 
  • The program uses non-dilutive capital sources, so the business does not have to give away equity associated with their participation. 
  • The participants work with hand-picked, highly experienced specialists and subject matter experts who are active in their field. 

Participants must be an existing business entity or planning to be one. The business founder(s) and key decision-makers need to be committed to full participation during the sessions and throughout the 8- or 12-week process.

The Pulse Accelerator is hosted by NIST PSCR and powered by Tipping Point Solutions. Rounds 1-3 partnered with Boulder Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Foundation and Round 4 will partner with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University.

Please visit for more information about the accelerator and its participants.

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Created January 27, 2021, Updated February 22, 2024