Published on
Jun 25, 2024


APEX is thrilled to announce our participation in this year’s Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) and Wright Dialogue with Industry (WDI) event, taking place from July 29 to August 2, 2024, at the Dayton Convention Center. Join us at booth 408 to learn more about how APEX can support your journey through the SBIR/STTR process and beyond. 

What is LCID and WDI? 

Life Cycle Industry Days (LCID) and Wright Dialogue with Industry (WDI) are premier events hosted by the Dayton Defense Contractors Association. These events bring together key players from industry, academia, and government to discuss and address lifecycle management issues and industry best practices. They provide a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and innovation, aiming to enhance the defense sector's capabilities and performance. 

  • LCID focuses on lifecycle management and offers sessions on acquisition, sustainment, and technology development. It is an opportunity for attendees to gain insights into the latest trends and requirements in lifecycle management, directly from defense leaders and experts. 

  • WDI facilitates in-depth discussions between Air Force leaders and industry professionals. It is designed to foster collaboration and innovation, with a focus on advancing Air Force capabilities through strategic partnerships and technological advancements. 

Why APEX is Important 

APEX, the Academic Partnership Engagement Experiment, plays a critical role in bridging the gap between academic research and tech startup innovations by creating pathways and matching to defense industry, specifically the Department of the Air Force (DAF). We are dedicated to accelerating the transition of innovative solutions from discovery to operational capabilities. Our presence at LCID/WDI underscores our commitment to fostering collaboration and supporting innovators through various stages of development. 

What APEX Can Do for You 

At APEX, we provide a suite of services to help entrepreneurs, researchers, and program administrators navigate the complexities of the SBIR/STTR programs. Our expertise includes: 

  • Solicitation Development Support: Assistance with crafting competitive proposals to increase your chances of securing funding via SBIR/STTR contract vehicles  

  • Commercialization Assistance: Guidance on transitioning your technology from research to market. 

  • Networking Opportunities: Connections with industry leaders, potential partners, and key stakeholders within the defense sector. 

  • Educational Resources: Information sessions, workshops, and resources to help you understand and leverage SBIR/STTR opportunities. 

Why Attend LCID/WDI? 

Attending LCID/WDI is a unique opportunity to engage with top leaders in the defense industry, gain valuable insights into lifecycle management, and participate in strategic discussions about the future of defense technology. Whether you are a researcher, entrepreneur, or industry professional, these events offer invaluable opportunities to: 

  • Learn: Gain insights from presentations and panel discussions led by defense experts. 

  • Network: Connect with peers, potential collaborators, and key decision-makers in the industry. 

  • Collaborate: Explore opportunities for collaboration on innovative projects and solutions. 

  • Innovate: Stay ahead of the curve by learning about the latest trends and advancements in defense technology. 




Join us at booth 408 to discover how APEX can support your innovation journey and help you achieve success in the SBIR/STTR programs. We look forward to connecting with you and discussing how we can work together to advance the future of defense technology. 

For more information about LCID and WDI, visit their websites: 

See you at the Dayton Convention Center!