Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP)

Historical Background: The Department of Defense (DoD) established the Mentor-Protégé Pilot Program in November 1990 (Public Law 101-510) to respond to concerns from DoD prime contractors that many small disadvantaged businesses (SDBs) did not possess the technical capabilities to perform DoD subcontract requirements. This made it difficult for these top contractors to achieve their SDB subcontracting goals.

Program Objectives: The DoD MPP is the only program with an active role in the technological transfer and development of small businesses while playing a vital role in maintaining the defense industrial base's strength and diversity. The MPP enables small businesses to meet emerging requirements by simultaneously setting them up for today's needs while posturing them for tomorrow's threats, challenges, and opportunities.

OSBP-APG MPP: The MPP seeks to expand OSBP-APG federal procurement opportunities while encouraging major DoD prime contractors (mentors) to assist in the development of technical and business capabilities of small businesses (eligible protégés). The overall goal is to strengthen the defense industrial base.

Small Business Administration MPP: The All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) can form joint ventures that would qualify for set-aside contracts for small businesses eligible for and including contracts set aside for veteran-owned, women-owned, and HUBZone businesses.

To discuss participating in the MPP, please email