OUR History

In 2012, the National Institute of Aerospace and the Peninsula Technology Incubator (PTI) teamed up to create a program dedicated the economic development in the City of Hampton, Virginia and the Virginia Peninsula because they strongly believed that entrepreneurship can and should play a more significant role in job creation and retention of the best and brightest graduates from regional universities. Led by Daniel Morris, J.D. L.L.M., a seasoned entrepreneur with a history of successful startups and an extensive knowledge in aspects of company formation and funding, PTI focused on business and economic development that support the exploding growth of unmanned systems and peripherally related technologies.

As part of the continuing evolution of PTI, NIA has re-established PTI as the REaKTOR Business Technology Innovation Center (RBTIC). REaKTOR fosters an environment designed to motivate member companies to effectively and efficiently move through the incubator process by providing business training, counseling and industry connections, technology transfer resources and information, and educational resources. The result is an energetic technology innovation center leading the convergence of regional entrepreneurial leaders and leveraging the burgeoning unmanned systems industry.

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With the help of the City of Hampton and the NIA, just within the last year…

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Our Vision

At the REaKTOR Business Technology Innovation Center, we not only strive to be the forerunner in the development, implementation, and business technology commercialization for the future of Hampton Roads, but also to be recognized as an innovation leader in the Commonwealth and international communities. Our entrepreneurial-based programs, events, and services are created to ensure the long-term success of technology companies in Hampton Roads.


Our Mission

Our mission at the REaKTOR Business Technology Innovation Center is to implement an internationally recognized business pre-acceleration and acceleration program to commercialize scientific and technical research, with a particular emphasis on aerospace and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). As we promote the National Institute of Aerospace and Science Center as the epicenter for new and expanding aerospace/UAS research and technology companies, RBTIC fosters a culture and environment full of energy and outcome-centric goals intended to inspire and motivate members to effortlessly navigate accelerator curriculums by providing entry-level and second-tier cohorts active mentoring and business, marketing, and finance education on technology and idea monetization and commercialization.

OUR Team

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Daniel R. Morris, J.D. L.LM.
Executive Director, REaKTOR BTIC  

In addition to being the Executive Director of the REaKTOR Business Technology Innovation Center at the National Institute of Aerospace, Daniel R. Morris, J.D. L.LM. is the founder and co-chair of the Hampton Roads Unmanned Systems Alliance (HRUSA), a newly formed organization comprised of members from the UMS business community, legislators, regulators, and regional economic leaders. Mr. Morris has served as Chapter President for the Hampton Roads Chapter of Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and is NASA Langley Research Center’s named point of contact for all things unmanned” in southeastern Virginia. He studied International Marketing and Economics at Universitäte Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany, and obtained a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Modern Foreign Language, German, from the University of Richmond in 1986. Mr. Morris obtained his J.D. in 1992, and completed his LL.M studies in international taxation at Regent University School of Law in 1995. 

Mike “Yaz” Yaskowsky

Mike “Yaz” Yaskowsky

Hampton Economic Development Department