SBIR Week in the Midwest—Indiana connects entrepreneurs to the country’s largest early-stage funding source

Tammy Allen, Director | Marketing & Programs, The NIIC

September 28, 2020, Fort Wayne, Ind. The NIIC (www.theniic.org) is pleased to host SBIR Week in the Midwest – Indiana. All events during the week are open to any resident of Indiana or a border state. Click on https://www.sbirroadtour.com/dates/2020-midwest/ and select Indiana to register for the event. “The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs provide over $4 billion in early-stage funding to small businesses each year in various technology areas. Examples include unmanned systems, advanced materials, health, cybersecurity, and defense. It is one of the most significant sources of non-dilutive funding available to innovators and business builders,”  said Karl R. LaPan, President and CEO, The NIIC.

SBIR Week in the Midwest provides participants with opportunities to join meetings with federal agencies that administer over 5,500 new awards annually and for virtual one-on-one meetings with program decision-makers. Livestream events and meetings include:

  • Early Stage Investors Panel, October 19, 2020
  • Virtual one-on-one meetings with over 20 federal agencies, October 23, 2020 (deadline to register October 15, 2020, 10 a.m. Eastern)
  • How to Successfully Complete an SBIR Quad Chart Webinar (provided and led by The NIIC) on October 13, 2020, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. eastern time.  The Zoom link for this event is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89382115598.

Each registrant can select up to six agencies for one-on-one meetings and can confirm their technology aligns well with the agencies before selecting them by accessing these five-minute reverse pitches from the agencies on https://www.sbirroadtour.com/about/.

SBIR will post the final schedule for SBIR Week in the Midwest on October 16, 2020. To prepare for the meetings, please review the presentations at the bottom of the resources page for helpful hints@  https://www.sbirroadtour.com/resources/.

To access additional resources curated by The NIIC to assist you, visit https://theniic.org/inclusive-entrepreneurship/fast-in/.

About The NIIC

467 new products launched, 189 patent applications submitted or granted, and 2,290 jobs created—that is what entrepreneurs have achieved through The NIIC since its inception two decades ago. The NIIC has also connected Northeast Indiana companies to attract $91 million in grants and capital.

The NIIC is a non-profit, vibrant entrepreneurial community designed to advise entrepreneurs to plan, launch, and grow successful business ventures. The NIIC bolsters innovative companies to move ideas into action. The NIIC is located in a designated U.S. Small Business Administration HUB Zone. In April 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb designated The Northeast Indiana Innovation Park Campus as an Opportunity Zone through the U.S. Treasury. The NIIC is the country’s only ISO9001:2015 registered business incubation and acceleration program. TheNIIC.org. Click here for The NIIC press kit.

About the SBIR/STTR Program:
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive United States Government non-dilutive funding source, coordinated by the Small Business Administration. It is intended to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development (R&D). Funding takes the form of contracts or grants and the awardee projects must have the potential for commercialization while meeting specific U.S. Government R&D requirements. The SBIR/STTR programs include over 4,000 new awards per year. These awards have helped U.S. innovators advance new technologies and have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs.

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