SBIR Road Tour

When: September 19, 2019, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Pollock Road, University Park, PA, 16802
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America’s Largest Seed Fund is Coming to University Park, PA!

If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, or small technology firm, don’t miss this opportunity. Gain an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, meet one-on-one with high-level decision makers and connect with local support resources.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a 16-stop road tour across the U.S. to connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology 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 Largest Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs focus on next-generation research & development (R&D) and is led by the SBA with 11 participating federal agencies.

Every SBIR Road Tour stop represents a coveted opportunity to meet directly with Federal Program Managers who seed a wide spectrum of innovative ideas, while learning about the state’s innovation support infrastructure.

The SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in early stage funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas such as unmanned systems, advanced materials, health, cybersecurity and defense. The SBIR/STTR programs execute over 5,000 new awards annually, which allow innovators to advance new technologies and have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs.


  • General attendee: $30
  • Student attendee: $10

Register Today

If you have any questions about registration, please contact:

  • Outreach Non-Credit Registration Office
  • 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (ET) Monday – Friday
  • Phone: 814-867-4973
  • Email:


  • 7:15 – 8:00 a.m. – Registration and Networking

Morning Track 1: Private One-On-One Meetings Organized by the SBA

  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Pre-scheduled one-on-one meetings between SBIR Program Managers and Attendees (note: after registration, attendees will be contacted by the SBA to schedule these one-on-one meetings)

Morning Track 2: Information Sessions Organized by the SBA

  • 8:00 – 8:10 a.m. – Welcome
  • 8:10 – 8:45 a.m. – America’s Seed Fund – SBIR / STTR Overview
    • Presented by:
      • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • 8:45 – 9:00 a.m. – Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)
  • 9:00 – 9:50 a.m. – Reverse Pitches – 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch
  • 9:50 – 10:30 a.m. – Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies
    • Presented by:
      • Department of Education (DOE)
      • National Institute of Health (NIH)
      • National Science Foundation (NSF)
      • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • 10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • 10:45 – 11:20 a.m. – Surprising Opportunities with Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA
    • Presented by:
      • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
      • National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA)
      • U.S. Navy
      • U.S. Air Force (USAF)
  • 11:20 – Noon – Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes
    • Presented by:
      • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
      • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
      • National Science Foundation (NSF)
      • U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

Lunch – 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Real Advice and Information from SBIR / STTR Awardees
    • Presented by:
      • Tim Hurley, Sr. Technology Licensing Officer, Commercialization Strategist, Office of Technology Management, Penn State
      • Birgitt Boschitsch – Co-Founder and CEO, spotLESS Materials
    • Moderated by:
      • Kelly S. Wylam, Director, Innovation Partnership (IPart), Pa’s Statewide SBIR / STTR Assistance Program
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Getting Help, Winning Awards & Growing Your Innovation
    • Presented by:
      • Kelly S. Wylam, Director, Innovation Partnership (IPart), Pa’s Statewide SBIR / STTR Assistance Program
      • John Sider, Director, Second Stage Capital, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Central & Northern Pa. (BFTP, CNP)
      • Bob Dornich, Director, TechCelerator, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Central & Northern Pa. (BFTP, CNP)
  • 2:00 – 2:15 p.m. – Overview of Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
    • Presented by:
      • John Peterson, Interim Director, Penn State SBDC
  • 2:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Common Legal Questions for Small Businesses and Startups: Overview of the Penn State LaunchBox Legal Clinics
    • Presented by:
      • Rachel Herder, Intellectual Property Clinic Director and Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Penn State
      • Tom Sharbaugh, Director of the Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic and Professor of Practice, Penn State

Break: 2:30 – 2:40 p.m.

  • 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. – Penn State Tech Transfer Process and University Startup Support
    • Presented by:
      • Jim Pietropaolo, Associate Director, Office of Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, Penn State
      • Harl Tolbert, Director and Assistant Vice President, Office of Technology Management, Penn State
  • 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Trouble-Free Contracting: How to Issue an SBIR Subcontract
    • Presented by:
      • John W. Hanold – Associate Vice President for Research; Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, Penn State
      • Clint Schmidt – Direct of the Conflict of Interest Program, Office for Research Protections, Penn State
      • David W. Dulabon – Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Penn State
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Q&A / Closing Remarks


Travel Information

Please see below for accommodation and parking information for the event.

Local Hotels

  • Hyatt Place State College (0.5 miles to HUB-Robeson Center)
  • Nittany Lion Inn (0.6 miles to HUB-Robeson Center)
    • 200 W. Park Ave., State College, PA 16803
      (13-minute walk, 8-minute drive)
      Reservations: 800-233-7505
      Parking: Nittany Parking Deck
  • The Atherton Hotel (0.6 miles to HUB-Robeson Center)
    • 125 S. Atherton St., State College, PA 16801
      (13-minute walk, 7-minute drive)
      Reservations: 800-832-0132
      Parking: Available on hotel property
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Penn State (0.5 miles to HUB-Robeson Center)
    • 240 S. Pugh St., State College, PA 16801
      (11-minute walk, 5-minute drive)
      Reservations: 814-238-8454
      Parking: On-site parking available (surface lot, underground, 2-level parking deck)