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.

Cost:

  • 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: noncredit@psu.edu

Agenda:

  • 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. – 12:00 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. – Introduction & Welcome Remarks
    • Presenters:
      • Steve Brawley, President & CEO, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Central & Northern (BFTP, CNP)
      • Steve D’Ettorre, Deputy Secretary of Technology & Innovation, PA Department of Community and Economic Development
  • 8:10 – 8:45 a.m. – America’s Seed Fund – SBIR / STTR Overview
    • Presenters:
      • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • 8:45 – 9:40 a.m. – Reverse Pitches – 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch
    • Presenters:
      • Josh Arnold, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
      • Christopher O’Gwin, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
      • Robert Vinson, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      • Gracie Narcho, National Science Foundation (NSF)
      • Elden Hawkes, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
      • Michael Bilinski, U.S. Air Force (USAF)
      • Donna Attick, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
      • Anu Bowman, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
      • Richard Jackson, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
      • Larry Pollack, DoD Joint Science & Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTOCBD)
      • Lynn Garrison, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
      • Mary Clague, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • 9:50 – 10:20 a.m. – Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies
    •  This panel discussion with Program Managers will highlight 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 (SBA)
    • Presenters:
      • Christopher O’Gwin, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
      • Robert Vinson, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
      • Kerstin Mukerji, National Science Foundation (NSF)
      • Elden Hawkes, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • 10:20 – 10:35 a.m. – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    • Presenters:
      • Sean Wilkerson, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • 10:35 – 11:15 a.m. – Surprising Opportunities with Department of Defense (DOD) and NASA
    • This panel discussion with Program Managers will highlight 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 (SBA)
    • Presenters:
      • Anu Bowman, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
      • Lynn Garrison, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
      • Donna Attick, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)
      • Michael Bilinski, U.S. Air Force (USAF)
  • 11:15 – Noon – Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes
    • This panel discussion with Agency Program Managers will review 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 (SBA)
    • Presenters:
      • Richard Jackson, Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
      • Ben Schrag, National Science Foundation (NSF)
      • Elden Hawkes, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
      • Larry Pollack, DoD Joint Science & Technology Office for Chemical & Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD)

Lunch – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

  • 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Real Advice and Information from SBIR / STTR Awardees
    • This panel discussion will showcase firsthand experiences applying for and successfully winning SBIR/STTR funding. Learn about critical programmatic requirements that must be addressed to qualify for SBIR funding; how a small business finds an  appropriate topic match amongst the 11 participating federal agencies, what makes a winning proposal, how an SBIR/STTR application differs from an academic grant proposal; and once you have Phase I success – then what?
    • Moderator:
      • Kelly S. Wylam, Director, Innovation Partnership (IPart), Pa’s Statewide SBIR / STTR Assistance Program
    • Presenters:
      • Tim Hurley, Sr. Technology Licensing Officer, Commercialization Strategist, Office of Technology Management, Penn State
      • Maureen Mulvihill, Ph.D. – President and CEO, Actuated Medical, Inc.
  • 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Getting Help, Winning Awards & Growing Your Innovation
    • Learn about organizations designed to assist technology-focused entrepreneurs prepare their businesses to go to market.
    • Presenters:
      • 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)
    • The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network funded by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) and U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The Penn State SBDC provides educational programs on planning, SBIR assistance, marketing, loan/grant preparation, and lending assistance to help clients makes better business decisions.
    • Presenter:
      • 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
    • Learn about free legal resources available to Pennsylvania small businesses and startups (no affiliation to Penn State needed). Tom Sharbaugh will give a short presentation discussing common questions related to choice of entity, formation documents, and other corporate matters. Rachel Herder will give a short presentation discussing common questions related to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The talks will be followed by a Q&A session.
    • Presenters:
      • 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
    • Innovative companies are often based on intellectual property—patents, software copyrighted materials. Harl Tolbert from the Penn State Office of Technology Management will discuss the basics of protecting intellectual property and using it to
      enable new businesses. In addition, Jim Pietropaolo will provide an overview of the Penn State startup company ecosystem and support programs.
    • Presenters:
      • 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
    • Many SBIR recipients collaborate with university personnel in the performance of their projects, but poor planning can result in serious problems. During this session, three Penn State administrators will share their thoughts regarding how to best manage these relationships.
    • Presenters:
      • 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)

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