Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference 2013

Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference, June 12 in Austin, Texas

Make plans to participate in the Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference, June 12 at the sophisticated AT&T Center in Austin, Texas. The Summit is the “capstone” in pursuing a winning SBIR/STTR proposal, with direct interaction with program managers from the biggest SBIR/STTR granting agencies. Hear direct from the agencies about their pressing technical needs. Promote your firm’s technologies and capabilities. Meet federal prime contractors, investors, university representatives and other resources to assist you in a winning SBIR/STTR proposal!

Register now by clicking: HERE. Early Bird Registration $149.

Click HERE for Summit/Conference Session Descriptions.

Due to venue catering requirements, no refunds can be processed after June 7, 2013.

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Click here to download the above Conference Flyer in a printable PDF format.

See what attendees said about last year’s event:

“We were confident in our technology, but had no experience with the SBIR program.  TFIC and the Texas SBIR/STTR Network reviewed our proposal, and gave us some key ideas for enhancing it.  We won our Phase I grant, and TFIC is now assisting us in pursuing Phase II.”

– John Dickson, Denim Group


“I highly recommend the TFIC SBIR/STTR Workshop for technology innovators.  As a recent DOE ARPA-E awardee I was asked to speak on a panel in the January 2012 Texas SBIR/STTR Workshop.   While attending this event I learned more about the SBIR process from Ray Friesenhahn, their nationally-recognized facilitator, and became interested in applying for a SBIR award.   With Ray’s assistance, IPC applied for and was later awarded a DOE FY12 Phase I Release 3 grant for $150,000 which began in November 2012.  We are now close to completing the Phase I grant, and will be applying for a Phase II $1,000,000 grant later this year.”

– Paul Bundschuh, CEO, Ideal Power Converters


The SBIR/STTR conference was amazing:  great speakers, spot-on topics, and diverse and good audience.  It was fun hearing conversations in the hallway: “This is just what I needed”, “…made more contacts in one day than…”  This supports our future economy!

– Meg Wilson, IC2 Institute


Thank you for organizing such a great event, as a follow-up to [the TFIC] SBIR workshop held earlier at ATI.  Besides a valuable overview and differences of the SBIR funding process by industry (DOD, DOE, Health), the opportunity to meet with representatives from key industry stakeholders and SBIR participants such as Lockheed, L-3, Boeing and NASA has been of immediate value for follow-up. The early examination of potential opportunities and personal contact information is critical to starting the process of an effective proposal selection. Although the potential funding time frames and volumes are not immediate, the SBIR funding path should consideration for any technology start-up entrepreneur and it was well worth the time and money spent. 

 – Bert Wank, CEO, InfiniRel Corp


“For anyone looking to commercialize new and innovative technologies, the Texas SBIR/STTR Conference is a phenomenal source of information regarding the SBIR/STTR Federal Grants programs. The conference provides not only a rich source of information on each Agency’s offerings and procedures, but an opportunity to meet and develop a relationship with each Agency’s Program Managers. SBIR/STTR may seem daunting, but the Texas SBIR/STTR Conference will provide you with the necessary information and contacts to take the first steps toward commercializing your technology!”

– Andrew R. Neill, Orphan Products Business Development, id2 — Innovations in Drug Development & Lumos Pharma


 “I enjoyed the briefings in the morning sessions which provided updates on the SBIR program.  My afternoon was spent meeting with small businesses during the one-on-one sessions.  I met with over a dozen companies during the day and provided them with points of contact within our company with whom they can continue discussions regarding their specific technology capabilities and expertise.”

  – Rich Hendel

Senior Principal Specialist, SBIR/STTR Program Manager, Boeing Defense, Space & Security – St. Louis, Strategic Work Placement Special Initiatives


The Texas SBIR/STTR Summit was very comprehensive; and yet not overwhelming or intimidating. I especially enjoyed hearing from success stories like Oliver Murphy, from Lynntech and Paul McClure, from Xidex Corporation. Award winners “show you how to do it” and are very motivating for others interested in entering the SBIR/STTR arena.

The lineup of speakers and networking opportunities were excellent: Rick Shindell, SBIR Gateway; Ray Friesenhahn, Senior Technology Manager, TechLink; Dan Watkins, DFJ Mercury Venture Capital; Jamie Rhodes, Alliance of Texas Angel Networks/Director of Innovation Texas A&M, etc.  And the sessions on Working with Prime Contractors and University/Faculty Entrepreneurship demonstrated the value of partnerships and gave valuable insights on the road to commercialization.

– Rosalinda Palacios, Project Manager, Technology Commercialization, Startech


It was a true pleasure to present an overview of NASA’s SBIR Program and the technology needs for the future, and to be able to meet with and answer questions of many of our State’s talented small business entrepreneurs at the 2012 Texas SBIR/STTR Conference.

Thanks so much for asking me to be a part of a very successful and enjoyable day!”

– Kathryn Packard, SBIR/Technology Infusion Manager, NASA JSC


I did indeed find this conference quite helpful !   I have recently started in the Texas State University-San Marcos Materials Science and Commercialization PhD program, and attended the SBIR/STTR Conference with my professors and classmates.

I spent my academic career focusing on science and technology, but have not had much exposure to the commercialization aspects related to my field.  The information communicated by the various speakers at SBIR/STTR Conference, though new to me, was presented in a fashion that made it easy to understand and commercialization less intimidating as a whole.  I left the conference with a deeper understanding of how SBIR and STTR work, how funding and grants may be procured, and a greater sense of confidence regarding the business/ commercialization aspects of science and technology in general.  I found this conference valuable and informative, and I am thrilled I was invited to attend – I will be making every effort to attend future conferences of this nature.

– Amanda Gregory, Student, Texas State


Excellent conference!  Valuable insight, great speakers, useful information. The focus is on winning SBIR/STTRs, instead of the staid approach of “how to apply” taken by most conferences. There is a sense of camaraderie to make Texas the #1 state in SBIR/STTRs – together we can do it.  Lively, energetic, and to-the-point !

– Paul Latiolais, Center for Innovation and Commercialization, Lamar University

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