What is the FISTA?
Invention provokes inquiries, and we love that—asking questions is how we learn. The FISTA is an unprecedented evolution for Lawton, so you’re bound to have some questions about it. Below are some of our common inquiries and additional information about the FISTA innovation park.
What is “FISTA?”
FISTA stands for Fires Innovation Science and Technology Accelerator. That means we’re here to advance technology and science to further the efforts at Fort Sill related to long-range precision fire and missile defense.
What does the FISTA do?
The FISTA Innovation Park provides a secure and intentional space for defense contractors, technology companies, and academic institutions to collaborate with each other and Fort Sill in a way that supports the warfighter. Through this core function, we also serve to advance job opportunities and economic growth in the Lawton community.
Is the FISTA for start-ups? Is it similar to an incubator or think-tank?
The FISTA is not an incubator—it’s an accelerator for existing businesses. An incubator takes start-ups and helps them develop their business plan, marketing, and financial strategies. An accelerator partners with existing businesses to help them advance through shared resources and knowledge. The FISTA will provide a place for defense contractors, technology companies, and academic institutions to establish a sustainable workspace and create a symbiotic relationship with Fort Sill.
Is my company a good fit for the FISTA?
Our FISTA team works with potential contractors and companies to help them determine if their talents and capabilities are beneficial to the mission of the FISTA. The primary question we’ll ask is this: How can your technology and talent support the warfighter? We’ll review your proposal and determine if we think you’d be a good fit for our growing team of collaboration and innovation. Authorities on our military base will have the final say in whether your capabilities can support their efforts.