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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.

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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

Can Open Source Code Steal Your Genome?

Ever wondered about the security of the code that analyzes humanity’s genetic code? Check out how IQT Labs built a prototype security tool for securing open source bioinformatics packages.

Future of Work Part 1: Skills Assessments

AuraBorealis: How We Found 20 Vulnerable Python Packages

Code Reuse: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice?

Living in a Material World – How Advanced Materials are Shaping the Future of Technology


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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. 

September 7, 2021

IQT Explains: Space Origins & The Startup Ecosystem

This episode kicks off a three-part space series featuring some of IQT’s domain experts to explore IQT’s space efforts through the years and how they’ve helped enhance national security. In this first episode, host Vishal Sandesara is joined by IQT’s Dave LoBosco and Tom Gillespie to expand on the origins of the space startup ecosystem and the history of IQT’s space efforts that helped shape the current framework used today.