SBIR Road Tour

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The Minneapolis SBIR Road Tour was held on July 17 — thanks to everyone who attended!

Slides (PDFs)

Federal Program

Breakout Sessions

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal and State Program Managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to present at a series of events to technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States. This event is a coveted opportunity for those involved in the advanced technology communities, including women-owned and minority-owned firms.

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, post doc, graduate student or small technology firm, take advantage of this coveted local opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers, and meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Highlights Include:

  • Learn how to access local and state resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs;
  • SBIR Agencies Funding Priorities Overviews

Engaging Panel Sessions:

  • Seed funding your Idea through SBIR
  • Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes
  • Technology Alignment, Opportunities, and Funding from the Warfighter (Defense focused)

Meet One-on-One with SBIR/STTR Program Managers, including:

    • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • Department of Energy (DOE)
    • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • National Science Foundation (NSF)
    • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
    • Department of Defense – Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
    • Department of Defense – Navy (USN)
    • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
    • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    • Department of Transportation
    • Department of Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
    • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Agenda

7:30 am — 8:00 am – Registration

8 am – 12 pm – Federal program and 1:1 appointments

  • 8:00 am: SBIR/STTR Overview, Edsel Brown, Deputy Director, Office of Innovation and Technology, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • 8:25 am: Reverse Pitches – 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch
  • 9:30 am: R&D for a Public Purpose — Moderator: Brittany Sickler, Outreach and Partnership Strategist, Office of Innovation, SBA. ​Panelists: Murali Nair, Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF); Rob Vinson, Program Manager, Health and Human Services (HHS); Rachel Melnick, National Program Leader, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); Christopher O’Gwin, Outreach and Assistance Program Manager, Department of Energy (DOE)
  • 10:10 am: Business with the Warfighter: Technology Alignment, Opportunities, and Funding — Moderator: Edsel Brown, Assistant Director for the Office of Technology (SBA). Panelists: Sloan Armstrong, SBIR/STTR Operations Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, MDA; Lee Ann Boyer, Commercialization Program Manager, Department of the Navy; Anthony Aldrich, SBIR Program Manager, U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM); Susan Nichols, Program Director, Small Business Programs Office, DARPA; Lance Chenault, SBIR/STTR Acquisition R&D Technical Analyst (Contractor), United States Air Force
  • 10:50 am: Federal Laboratory Consortium — Brooke Pyne, NSWC Crane ORTA, Technology Transfer (T2)/SBIR Program Manager, FLC Midwest Regional Coordinator
  • 11:05 am: United States Patent and Trademark Office — Christal Sheppard, Director of the Midwest Regional USPTO
  • 11:20 am: Lessons Learn and Common Mistakes — Moderator: Brittany Sickler, Outreach and Partnership Strategist, Office of Innovation, SBA. Panelists: Lynn Garrison, SBIR/STTR Transfer Lead, Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), NASA; Mary Clague, SBIR Program Manager, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Ben Schrag, Program Director, SBIR/STTR, National Science Foundation (NSF); Sloan Armstrong, SBIR/STTR Operations Manager, Office of Small Business Programs, Missile Defense Agency (MDA); Melissa Wong, Program Manager, United States Department of Transportation (DOT)

12 pm – 1 pm Lunch (Federal group departs for next city)

1:00 pm – 4 pm – Breakout sessions

  • DEED Advisory Services for Entrepreneurs and Start-Up Businesses —Madeline Harris, Business Advisor, Small Business Assistance Office; Mike Ryan, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center (St. Thomas University); Gabrielle Gerbaud, Executive Director, Minnesota Trade Office. Moderator: Jeff Nelson, Manager, Business Tax Benefits
  • DEED Financing Programs for Entrepreneurs and Start-Up Businesses —
    Abdullahi (Moe) Mohamed, Senior Loan Officer, Angel Loan Fund and Emerging Entrepreneur Loan Program; Violette Mpagazihe, Program Lead, Angel Tax Credit Program. Moderator: Jeff Nelson, Manager, Business Tax Benefits
  • Licensing and Technology Transfer — Russ Straate, University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization
  • MN-SBIR and SciTechsperience – Valuable Resources for Small Businesses — Pat Dillon, Director, MN-SBIR; Becky Siekmeier, Program Director, SciTechsperience Internship Program
  • Valuable Small Business Resources – University of Minnesota — Tim Tripp, Assistant Director of the Office of University Economic Development; Carla Pavone, Associate Director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship; Sandra Wells, Assistant Director of the CTSI Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT).
  • Collaboration of Small Businesses with the Minneapolis VA Health Care System — Larry Kuusisto, PhD, Executive Director of Minnesota Veterans Medical Research and Education Foundation; Andrew Hansen, PhD, Research Biomedical Engineer at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System and  Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine.

4:00 pm — 5:00 pm Reception

Hosted By
MN-SBIR in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic
Development and the University of Minnesota, Office of Technology Commercialization.

Location
McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota
200 SE Oak St.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Monday, July 17, 2017
7:30 AM -5:00 PM with a closing reception.

REGISTRATION FEES
Early-Bird Price (Register by June 30): $75
Regular Price: $100
On-site Registration Price: $125

*Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

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