October 6, 2016- MIT Kresge Auditorium: The 2016 New England SBIR Conference is a CANNOT miss engagement opportunity for innovators, technologists, and entrepreneurs. The event will convene technology companies, inventors, leaders and supporters of STEM entrepreneurship and early stage funding decision makers to discuss the non-dilutive funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs and their impact in directing U.S. technology pathways.
Special Pre-conference Session for Women in STEM – October 5, 2016- MIT Media Lab: Women SBIR Networking and Awareness Day: Fostering and encouraging the participation of women entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and principal investigators as SBIR/STTR applicants and awardees is a key goal of the SBIR/STTR program. This pre-day October 5th event has been designed to supplement the Oct 6th main conference to deliver content and networking for practitioners as well as a policy discussion aimed to promote gender diversity in grant-making. The day will include panelists who have moved technology from the lab to market; discussion of networking and mentoring as idea and business development paths, SBIR as an element of a company funding strategy, and a conversation of university administrators on the academy’s commitment to gender equality in science education and practice.
- OCTOBER 5
- OCTOBER 6
ML Mackey- CEO of Beacon InteractiveNina Tandon- CEO of EpiBoneAyanna Howard- CEO of Zyrobotics
NETWORKING RECEPTION at VENTURE cafe (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. 02142)
Gia Schneider- CEO of Natel EnergyGreg Tudryn- Research Director at Ecovative DesignLisa Marceau- Director & VP at New England Research InstituteSorin Grama – Co-Founder and Director, Promethean Power Systems
1:30 – 4:30pm
- Submitting to a Granting Agency – From Finding the Right Topic to Winning a Phase II Moderator:John Williams- SBA-OII Director of Innovation & Technology Speakers: Chris O’Gwin- DOEBen Schrag- Program Director at NSFRachel Melnick- National Program Leader for Agroclimatology and Production Science at USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)Jennifer Shieh, PhD- Small Business Coordinator and Program Director, NHLBIEd Jameson – CEO of Jameson & Company, LLC
- Submitting to a Contracting Agency – From Finding the Right Topic to Winning a Phase II Moderator:John Williams- SBA-OII Director of Innovation & Technology Speakers: Jenn Gustetic- Program Executive for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) at NASA HeadquartersDavid L. Sikora- Acting DoD SBIR/STTR Program AdministratorEdward Metz- SBIR Program Manager, DoEDRachael Sack- Chief of the Innovative Research Program Office, DoT
- How to Make the Pitch- Insight & Best Practices Around Pitching your Business Plan Moderator: David Shrier- Managing Director of MIT Connection Science Speakers: Heath Naquin- Venture WellGeoff Tuff- Deloitte
Kresge Little Theater
- IP Law 101 Moderator: G. Nagesh Rao- SBA-OIISpeakers:Mindy Bickel- Associate Commissioner for Innovation Development, USPTOEdward Russavage- Shareholder at Wolf GreenfieldGreg Tudryn- Research Director at Ecovative Design
- When & How to go Global With your High Tech Startup Moderator: Jeffrey Blander- Deputy Director, Private Sector Engagement, US State Department Speakers: Sorin Grama- Co-Founder and Director, Promethean Power SystemsAnne Healey- USAID Global Dev LabBen Glass- Co-Founder of Altaeros Energies