Got funding? Series focuses on entrepreneurs

March 1, 2012

The Minnesota Science & Technology Authority is sponsoring three interactive webinars specifically for local entrepreneurs. The series, which users can take part in from the comfort of their own desk, is designed to introduce funding available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The sessions are scheduled for March 7, 8 and 15.

The March 7th program is designed specifically for entrepreneurs who do not know much about the SBIR and STTR Programs funded by eleven federal agencies. It will also offer tips and tricks for applicants who have submitted in the past but have not won. Instructor Mark Henry will provide an overview, including differences among the agencies that fund the programs. He will also cover the types of homework and strategies required to produce highly competitive proposals.

The following day, March 8th, the webinar is focused on technology that will beneift the Lifesciences sector. Hentry will provide information that is specific to the National Institutes of Health and highlight broad opportunities. The session will address the challenges of telling an entire story within the seven pages now allowed for Phase I proposals.

The final interactive workshop on March 15th will be focused exclusively on competing in the National Science Foundation SBIR and STTR Programs. Henry will cover specific characteristics of NSF programs and the submission process applicants should follow. Organizers say this session is best for technologies focused on biotech and chemical, as well as nanotech, advanced manufacturing, education, information and communications. The three-day series is the only scheduled event specific to NIH and NSF this year.

SBIR & STTR Training from the MN Science & Technology Authority


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