The UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), a leading agency with the mission to find and fund exploitable innovations to support UK defence and security quickly and effectively, was benchmarked and accredited by the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and achieved the Investor in Innovations standard aligned to the ISO 56002 international guidelines for innovation best practice.
Head of DASA said: “DASA continues to build ecosystems of customers and suppliers that ensure the identification and rapid development of innovative solutions to security and defence challenges, thus underpinning the UK’s prosperity agenda. Our approach brings together a combination of frequently staged open and thematic competitions that explore the collective innovation talent and capability, particularly of those from Small and Medium Enterprises to explore and demonstrate the art of the possible. Harnessing the power of technology and having it inextricably linked to capability in defence and security is a primary driver for us. During last year we’ve invested some £146M in projects from about 1700 organisations. DASA’s annual report 2020/21 outlines many of the achievements and provides case studies across many domains.”
Professor Sam Medhat, IKE Institute Chief Executive and member of the ISO International Innovation Committee, chaired the assessment review panel that included senior industrialists and academic said: “Since its launch in December 2016, DASA continued to surprise us with its active role in challenging business as usual to create and support the development of a more disruptive innovation capability in defence and security. It is refreshing to see such a highly progressive, well organised and dedicated team, delivering innovation services and stimuli at an industrial scale. DASA was benchmarked against many other national and world-class innovating businesses. The Review Panel assessed DASA’s innovation position in six categories: Strategic Alignment; Organisational Readiness; Core Capabilities and Technologies; Horizon Scanning and Industry Foresight; Customer Awareness; and, demonstration of Impact and Value. I am very pleased to say that DASA has pushed the boundary in many of these assessment categories, and set itself a new benchmark record."
"So, many congratulations, and well done to the DASA tenacious team for being an exemplar Investor in Innovations organisation."