The Air Force Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) assists eligible Small Businesses (protégés) in developing their qualifications and ability to compete for prime contract and subcontract awards by partnering with large businesses (mentors), who provide developmental assistance under individual, project-based agreements to help meet the Air Force mission. A broad range of industries are represented in the AF MPP including: Manufacturing, Information Technology Systems, Engineering/Consulting Services, Environmental Services and Cyber Security.
Benefits of being a Mentor:
Protégés must be one of the following:
Benefits of being a Protégé:
Mentors and Protégés are solely responsible for finding their counterpart. The Air Force Office of Small Business Programs does not participate in the teaming of Mentors and Protégés. Interested firms are encouraged to explore existing business relationships in an effort to establish a Mentor Protégé relationship. Mentors may have multiple Protégés however Protégés may only have one Mentor. Only Mentors may submit for the program. The agreement with the government is solely with the Mentor.
The Mentor Protégé Program was created as a pilot program (Public Law 101-510) in 1990. The program was created by former Senator Sam Nunn and implemented by former Defense Secretary William Perry.