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Visionary startups. Experienced VCs. Dedicated government professionals. In-Q-Tel leads from the center of this matrix, connecting cutting-edge technology, strategic investments, and purpose: to enhance and advance national security for the U.S. and its allies.

World-class, cutting-edge technologies for National Security

IQT’s mission is to invest in cutting-edge technologies to enhance the national security of the United States. IQT focuses on the 15,000+ early stage venture-backed startup companies in the U.S. and select other countries. IQT also identifies and analyzes technologies in all stages of development that are critical to national security. IQT welcomes the submission of business plans for products and technology that can contribute to national security and is available to meet with U.S. private equity firms interested in investing in areas of national security interest. Investment areas include:

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Blog & Resources

Synthesizing Robustness YOLTv4 Results Part 1: The Nuances of Extracting Utility from Synthetic Data

Insights into best practices for augmenting and synthesizing data to find rare objects in satellite imagery.

The Geography of Open Source Data Science: Mapping Anaconda Code Contributors

Demography & Destiny

Synthesizing Robustness

The Evolution of IQT’s Space Framework


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September 21, 2021

IQT Explains: The Future of Space Technology

In the final episode of our three-part space podcast series, host Vishal Sandesara is joined by Kristi Bradford, Tom Gillespie, and Clayton Williams to explore the future of space. Hear from these domain experts as they discuss how the space industry can help shape the future of national security and beyond, including trends they’ve seen based off recent activity in the domain.

September 14, 2021

IQT Explains: Current Space Innovations

Interested in learning how IQT approaches its space investments? In part two of our three-part space series, host Vishal Sandesara is joined by IQT’s Kristi Bradford and Kevin Schaeffer to explore IQT’s recent space efforts. Hear from these domain experts as they discuss the startup ecosystem and IQT’s space framework for making investments that can help contribute to national security.