Tech Wildcatters launches EMERGE, in a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and Center for Innovative Technology

Today, Tech Wildcatters (TW) announced their launch of EMERGE powered by Tech Wildcatters.

This is the third accelerator program created by TW. Emerge is driven by a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT).

“This partnership derives from the desire to impact lives by helping first responders through innovative technology,” stated a release from TW this morning.

Gabriella Draney Zielke, CEO for Tech Wildcatters, is thrilled about announcing the partnership.

“We’re excited to give first responders new ways to do their jobs more effectively through innovative customization of consumer technology,” she said. “We’re tech geeks. We love to see the things we build change lives. Even more interesting is the unprecedented collaboration between our private and public sector partners.”

EMERGE powered by Tech Wildcatters is part of an initiative through the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), and seeks “to engage entrepreneurs in pursuing innovative ideas that address the unique needs of the Homeland Security community.”

On March 13 at SXSW, representatives from DHS S&T, CIT, Tech Wildcatters and TechNexus will present on first responders’ needs and address the market of wearables.

EMERGE powered by Tech Wildcatters begins June 8, 2015. Applications are open until May 10, 2015. Apply here.

Six companies  will be selected for the first EMERGE class, and will spend 12 weeks immersed in an extensive network of mentors, investors and corporate partners at Tech Wildcatters.

You can read the full press release for further details here.

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.