Friday, August 16, 2019
7:30 am-3:00 pm

UCAR Center Green Campus
3080 Center Green Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301

$69/attendee
[Scholarships Available]

Calling All Small Technology Firms & Innovators!

America’s largest seed fund is coming to Colorado!

The 2019 SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding—the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.

The 2019 SBIR Road Tour Southwest stop will be hosted by the Boulder Small Business Development Center at the UCAR Conference Center (in Boulder) on August 16. The event will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,000 new awards annually and to meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Innovators, entrepreneurs, research and small technology firms—don’t miss this opportunity! Gain an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, plus one-on-one meetings with high level decision makers as well as connecting with local assistance.

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

  • Navy
  • Department of Defense
  • DHS – Department of Homeland Security
  • FLC – Federal Laboratory Consortium
  • NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NSF – National Science Foundation
  • USPTO
  • DOE – Department of Energy
  • USAF – U.S. Air Force
  • NAVSEA – Naval Sea Systems Command
  • DARPA – Defense Advanced Research Agency
  • USDA – Department of Agriculture
  • SOCOM
  • NIST – National Institute of Standards and Technology
  • NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Agenda:

7:30-8:00 am Registration & Networking
8:00 am-12:00 pm SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Presentations, Panel Sessions and *One-on-One Meetings
8:00-8:15 am Welcome
Bob Yates | Boulder City Council
Joey Jenkins | Colorado Small Business Development Center Network
8:15-8:45 am America's Seed Fund - SBIR/STTR Overview
U.S. Small Business Administration
8:45-9:00 am Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)
Jeff Walenta | S&T Transfer Coordinator (Plains Area Director's Office), USDA Agricultural Research Service
9:00-10:10 am
Reverse Pitches - 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) 
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Defense - Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense - Navy (DON)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
10:10-10:40 am Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies
Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the unique aspects guiding the SBIR granting agencies. Topics include agency interest points, investigator-initiated projects, proposal evaluation, agency contacts, and commercialization strategies.
  • Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Chris O'Gwin | Outreach and Assistance Program Manager, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Patricia A. Weber, DrPH | Program Director - National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
  • Linda K. Molnar, PhD | Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation
  • Elden Hawkes | Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Agriculture
10:40-10:55 am U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
David Le | Primary Patent Examiner/Acting Regional Outreach Office, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
10:55-11:25 am Surprising Opportunities with DoD and NASA
Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the varied nature of NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies, which together account for almost half of the SBIR/STTR award dollars each year. Focus areas include topic selection, evaluation rigidity, proposal assistance, DoD/NASA as an investor and a customer, data rights, and transitioning to Phase III.
  • Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Derek Bramble | SBIR/STTR Program Support, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Anne Neumann | SBPO | Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Richard McNamara | RRM & Associates, LLC, Naval Seas System Command
  • Mario Rios | AF SBIR/CRP Program Support, U.S. Air Force
11:25 am-12:00 pm Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes
Panel discussion with Agency Program Managers on the most common and avoidable mistakes made by applicants, as well as candid insights for preparing more competitive proposals.
  • Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Dusty Land | SBIR Management and Program Analyst, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Robert Renner | SBIR/STTR/RIF DPM, Marine Corps Systems Command
  • Linda K. Molnar, PhD | Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, National Science Foundation
  • Anthony Aldrich | SBIR Program Manager, U.S. Special Operations Command
  • 12:00-1:15 pm Lunch & Entrepreneur Panel
    Small business founders share their experiences with the SBIR/STTR program
    • Mark Gordon | President and CEO, Stratom Inc.
    • Erica Dawson | Chief Technical Officer, InDevR, Inc.
    • Christine Fanchiang | CEO, The Space Research Company
    1:15-2:00 pm Break & Visit Exhibitors Roundtable Conversations
    Choose topics that are relevant to your business for discussion with a subject matter expert or share stories with other entrepreneurs about your own experiences with the SBIR/STTR program. Some discussion topics include writing a technology commercialization plan, doing the research for a technology commercialization plan and marketing for technology companies.
    Workshop: "Legal Matters -- Topics that Arise As You Grow Your Innovative Business -- Bring Your Questions"
    Carrie Schiff | Co-Founder, Sage Law Group LLC
    2:00-2:45 pm Break & Visit Exhibitors Roundtable Conversations
    Choose topics that are relevant to your business for discussion with a subject matter expert or share stories with other entrepreneurs about your own experiences with the SBIR/STTR program. Some discussion topics include writing a technology commercialization plan, doing the research for a technology commercialization plan and marketing for technology companies.
    Workshop: "How to Calculate Indirect Rates and other Accounting Topics - Bring Your Questions"
    Brian L. Ormsby | Founder & CEO, Pantheon Solutions, LLC
    2:45-3:00 pm Closing Remarks

    The event will also consist of:

    • Resource partner exhibit tables
    • Table topics with subject matter experts(e.g. how to do the research to fuel a technology commercialization plan, how to write a technology commercialization plan, R&D tax credits, legal matters)
    • Help with registrations and certifications from PTAC, SBA and MBO

    *One-on-One sessions run concurrently with agency presentations and panels. Agenda subject to change.

    Scholarships are available!

    Women- and minority-owned technology companies/entrepreneurs (prestartup) throughout Colorado and any tech company/entrepreneur based in rural Colorado may be eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of the event.

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    Anne Neumann

    Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
    SBPO | Program Manager

    Christina "Tina" Barnhill

    Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
    Acting SBIR/STTR Operations Manager

    Mary Clague

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
    NIST SBIR Program Manager

    Linda K. Molnar, PhD

    National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Program Director, Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Engineering Directorate

    Mario Rios

    U.S. Air Force (USAF)
    Air Force SBIR/STTR Portfolio Manager

    Elden Hawkes

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    Program Specialist

    Richard McNamara

    U.S. Navy/Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
    RRM & Associates, LLC.

    David Le

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    Primary Patent Examiner/Acting Regional Outreach Officer

    Jeff Walenta

    Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)
    Scientific Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Plains Area Director’s Office at the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

    Dr. Quenton Bonds

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    SBIR/STTR Center Co-Lead

    Patricia A. Weber, DrPH

    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Program Director – National Cancer Institute

    Murali Nair

    National Science Foundation (NSF)
    Program Director for Electronic Hardware, Robotics, and Wireless Technologies with the SBIR/STTR Program

    John D. Eisemann

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA - APHIS) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services National Wildlife Research Center
    Technology Transfer Program Manager

    Dusty Lang

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
    SBIR Management and Program Analyst

    Brittany Sickler

    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Outreach and Partnership Strategist, Office of Innovation

    Derek Bramble

    National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
    Lead SBIR Support

    Robert Renner, Jr.

    Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCOR)
    Deputy Program Manager for the Small Business Innovation Research Program Office

    Dr. Peter B. Roohr

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    Meteorologist

    Dave Pope

    U.S. Air Force (USAF)
    Program Outreach AFRL/SB - Peerless Technologies Corp.

    Christopher O'Gwin

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
    Outreach and Assistance Program Manager

    Joshua Arnold

    U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
    General Engineer

    Star Wilbraham

    U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
    Senior Advisor, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

    Anthony Aldrich

    U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
    SBIR Program Manager for Special Operations Forces, Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (SOF AT&L)