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2016 SBIR New England Regional Summit @ MIT
Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA

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.


Pre Conference – October 5th
Women SBIR Networking and Awareness Day
Location: MIT MEDIA LAB (6th Floor)| 75 AMHERST STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139
8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration and Morning Networking
9:00 – 9:30 AMSBIR 101 – The Basics John Williams- SBA-OII Director of Innovation & Technology
9:30 – 10:30 AMRecent Winners – If I Only Knew Then, What I Know Now Speed talks and Q&A with women that have recently won SBIR awardsModerator: Betty Royster- NIH
ML Mackey- CEO of Beacon InteractiveNina Tandon- CEO of EpiBoneAyanna Howard- CEO of Zyrobotics
10:30 – 10:45 AMMorning Break
10:45 – 11:00 AM MIT Welcome and Introductory Remarks: Fiona Murray, Associate Dean For Innovation/Co-Director MIT Innovation Initiative
11:00 – 12:00 PMLeaving the SBIR Nest – How I Leveraged SBIR Funding Hear from experienced women business owners who have used the SBIR program to propel their businesses. They’ll discuss best practices for how they obtained follow on capital to grow the business while avoiding obstacles and making course corrections. Lead Conversationalist:Vinit Nijhawan- Co-Founder & Board Member Learn LaunchHelen Greiner- Co-Founder of iRobot & CEO of Cyphyworks Gia Schneider- CEO of Natel EnergyReshma Shetty- CEO of Ginkgo Bioworks
12:00 – 12:45 PMFishbowl bag lunch
12:15 – 4:30 PMScheduled 1-on-1s between Agency Program Managers and Pre-Conference Women Attendeesan opportunity for direct one-on-one engagement with Federal funding decision makers—helping attendees identify technology alignment with agency funding opportunities.
12:45 – 1:30 PMStrategies for Successfully Utilizing the SBIR & STTR ProgramsModerator:Stephanie Fertig- Program Director at NIHGracie Narcho- Deputy Director, NSFStephanie Fertig- Program Director at NIHManny Oliver- Program Director at DOESusan Nichols – Program Director at DARPA-DoD
1:30 – 2:45 PMFurthering the Role of Women as Leaders in High Tech Small BusinessesWhat are the issues that impact women working in or establishing a technology start up? How do we address them?Lead Conversationalist:Laurie Leshin- President of Worcester Polytechnic InstituteLaurie Leshin- President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute- Lead ConversationalistAyanna Howard- CEO of ZyroboticsSusan Hockfield- President of AAAS & Former President of MITBenita Fortner- Director of Supplier Diversity at Raytheon
2:45 – 3:00 PMAfternoon Break
3:45 – 4:45 PMIt’s All of Our Business: Succeeding as a Woman in STEMFrom postdoctoral fellow to woman-business owner, “It’s All of Our Business” will explore critical moments in the panelists’ education, postdoc or business experience that have maximized their success as woman business owners in STEM and served to support others as well.Lead Conversationalist: Esther Morales – Executive Director of the National Women’s Business CouncilBarbara S. Fox, PhD – CEO of Tilos TherapeuticsLaura Hales, PhD – Founder and Chief Business Officer of Extend BiosciencesMarian Nakada, PhD – Vice President, Venture Investments at Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC Inc.Joanne Kamens, PhD – Executive Director of Addgene
NETWORKING RECEPTION at VENTURE cafe (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. 02142)
4:45 – 7:30pmArrival, Keynotes and Networking

DAY 2 AGENDA | October 6 | Kresge Auditorium (Bldg. W16), 48 Massachusetts Ave, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Full – Day Conference: Conference focused on engaging leaders from the New England innovation ecosystem, potential SBIR/STTR applicants, and SBIR/STTR Program Managers.
8:00 – 8:30amRegistration and Morning Networking
9:00 – 9:30amSBIR: Seeding America’s Future InnovationsJohn Williams, Director of Innovation and Technology, SBA-OII
9:30 – 10:20amInnovation X-Ignite Hear from leading and inspiring entrepreneurial individuals in technology based research fields and learn how the SBIR program played a role in their early success. Moderator: G. Nagesh Rao- Chief Technologist at SBA-OII
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
9:00 – 3:00pmScheduled 1on1s between Program Mangers and potential SBIR/STTR applicants
10:20 – 11:20amPhase 0 to Phase III How do I find local and federal resources that can help me from proposal submittal to product sales?Jerry Bird- President of Mass Ventures Micaelah Morrill- Director of Manufacturing Initiative at Greentown LabsBen Schrag- Program Director at NSFMarina Hatsopoulos- Co-Founder and CEO of Z-Corp.
11:20 – 12:30pmLunch and Networking
12:30 – 1:30pmAccess to Capital & Surviving the Proverbial “Valley of Death” Hear from expert investors and former entrepreneurs about best practices for locating viable follow-on funding for high-tech innovation development. Lead Conversationalist: Mark Walsh Chief of SBA Office of Investment & Innovation- Lead ConversationalistVinit Nijhawan- Co-Founder & Board Member Learn LaunchJulianne Zimmerman- Managing Director of Reinventure CapitalGaye Bok- Excel Medical Ventures

1:30 – 4:30pm

Concurrent Panel Sessions
Kresge Auditorium

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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

  1. 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
  2. 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