Summit Session Descriptions


Session Descriptions

8:15                    General Session – Amphitheater, Room 204                                                

Conference Overview, Larry Peterson, Executive Director,

Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities

Welcome:  US Representative Lamar Smith, Chairman,

US House Committee, Science, Space and Technology

Conference Keynote:  Terry Chase Hazell, Chair,

Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) Advisory Board 

9:15                     Breakout Sessions – Rooms 202, 203, and 204                                           

Room 204      Start-up & Innovation Financing Options

Bringing innovative new technology to market requires financing, and SBIR/STTR funding is but one option – not always the best option.  This panel provides several perspectives, including the managing director of a Houston-based seed and startup venture capital firm focusing on technology innovation in the U.S. Midcontinent, a network of Texas “Angel Investors” who risk their own capital in business investments, and a representative of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, providing state grants to stimulate development and commercialization of new technologies.

Room 203     SBIR 101: An Introduction to the SBIR/STTR Programs

For those with little or no experience in the SBIR and STTR programs, this session will provide a broad overview of the many opportunities available in these $2.2 billion programs, what you can expect when getting started, and how to start moving forward more successfully in developing competitive proposals that have better chances of getting funded under these competitive programs.

Room 202      Faculty Entrepreneurship: STTR, IP, Technology Transfer and University Spin-outs

Universities are major sources of new technology innovation, which can lead to major new business opportunities.  If you’re a university researcher thinking about taking a new technology to market, or an entrepreneur interested in licensing a special technology from a university, this panel will present you with key information on the processes involved, the key requirements to consider, and how you can better manage an important and very valuable relationship.

 10:15              Networking Break                                                                                        

 10:30            Breakout Sessions – Rooms 202, 203, and 204                                                  

Do you think all agency SBIR or STTR programs are alike?  Can you just write good proposals and “toss ‘em over the wall,” expecting equal chances of getting funded?  Each federal agency operates its SBIR/STTR programs differently, each with its own focus, interests, requirements, and review processes.  There’s no better way to start getting to “know your customer” than to listen to presentations by the agency representatives that will be presenting here both in-person and via interactive videoconferencing technology, Rooms 204 and 203.

Room 204       Agency SBIR Program Overviews and Updates:                            


Room 203       Agency SBIR Program Overviews and Updates:                                  

  NIH, Air Force Medical

Room 202     Intellectual Property and Patent Protection

Protecting your intellectual property (IP) is a critical part of the innovation process that can give you important competitive business advantages.  Learn the basics of what you need to do to protect your IP, and keep those advantages intact.

12:00                 Networking Lunch         (Salon C, Third Floor)                                       

Conference Keynote:     Dr. John Fischer

                                       Director, Defense Laboratories Enterprise

1:00                    Breakout Sessions – Rooms 202, 203, and 204                                      

Room 204      Agency SBIR Program Overviews and Update: Department of Defense (DOD)

The Department of Defense is the largest SBIR/STTR funding agency, accounting for over $1.2 billion in SBIR/STTR funding.  DOD consists of 12 different Components, including the Services, each operating their own SBIR programs, focusing on their own technology requirements, with some also having STTR programs.  Learn more about key differences among the DOD SBIR/STTR programs.

Room 203     Non-SBIR Tech Acceleration Funding and Resources

How does SBIR compare to other funding sources available through the federal government?  The Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E) within the Department of Energy (DOE) provides competitive funding for high-risk transformational energy research that can lead to important new energy innovations for the nation.   The Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) is designed to transition innovative technologies that resolve Department of Defense operational challenges.  Other key funding for  technology development comes from Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) opportunities.  Come learn about these key sources of innovation funding, and Texas resources to assist you.

Room 202     University Partners:  Research Capabilities Available to SBIR/STTR Companies

One of the single biggest factors in winning SBIR awards is partnering with a university or institute scientist.  Such collaboration is a requirement for STTR, where odds of winning are often higher.  With their technical writing experience, scientific credibility, and advanced research facilities, university and institute scientists should be the first strategic partners you seek.  This panel will give an overview of some of the outstanding local research capabilities available to you, and how to go about finding the right individuals and establishing a formal collaboration.

One-on-One Private Meetings with Agency Representatives, Prime Contractors, Investors, University Partners

2:30                 Networking Break                                                                                                           

 2:45                Breakout Sessions – Rooms 202, 203, and 204                                       

Room 204     Panel: Working with Prime Contractors

Prime Contractors provide most major systems to DOD, NASA, and other agencies.  These large corporations recognize the value of innovative technologies being developed by small businesses funded through SBIR, and actively seek such firms for potential collaboration.  Collaborating with a major Prime Contractor, or even just getting a letter of support, can significantly increase your chances of winning an SBIR award, and may lead to future contract opportunities with the Prime.  Find out how you can work with Prime Contractors; learn about their needs and interests, and what they’re looking for in small business suppliers.

Room 203     Working with Federal Labs: Cooperative R&D & Licensing

Federally-funded laboratories are a major resource for new technology innovation and technical capabilities that may not be available anywhere else in the world.  Partnering with a federal lab can provide you with important insights and connections that you could leverage for new business opportunities.  Find out how you can access the capabilities and technologies from hundreds of federally-funded laboratories, through licensing and Cooperative R&D Agreements (CRADAs), and how the new SBIR/STTR reauthorization allows you to use part of your SBIR/STTR funding to support needed research or testing at these labs.

Room 202      SBIR and Federal Accounting and Budgets for Financial Professionals

Budgets and accounting for federal grants and contracts are a complex and often intimidating aspect of SBIR that even many experienced business accountants are not adequately prepared for.  Learn from an SBIR accounting expert how you can prepare for the process, with budgets that actually cover your real business costs, and accounting that minimizes your stress when the federal auditors come to call.

One-on-One Private Meetings with Agency Representatives, Prime Contractors, Investors, University Partners

3:45              Breakout Sessions – Rooms 202, 203, and 204

Room 204     SBIR Commercialization: Beyond Phase II

The goal of the SBIR/STTR program, and your goal as a successful business, is bringing to market the new products or technology these programs helped you develop.  Commercialization is an often difficult and complex process that few entrepreneurs can accomplish on their own.  This panel will provide an overview of some outstanding resources available to you, often at little or no cost that can help you achieve your important commercialization goals.

Room 203     Protecting and Negotiating Data Rights

SBIR Data Rights are unique in all government contracts in providing protection to SBIR awardees, even through Phase III.   SBIR firms retain ownership rights to data generated by the SBC in the performance of an SBIR award.  Learn about the provisions and considerations in this crucial step in negotiating an SBIR contract award.

Room 202      SBIR Accounting and Budgets for the Rest of Us

Prefer a gentle introduction to budgeting and accounting issues for federal grants?  Learn from an SBIR accounting expert about the major issues for your business, how you can prepare for the process, ensure you cover all the basic requirements, and ensure that federal funding actually helps your business grow.

One-on-One Private Meetings with Agency Representatives, Prime Contractors, Investors, University Partners

4:45                             Closing Remarks – Amphitheater, Room 204                              

5:00 – 7:00             Networking Social, Salon D, Third Floor                                           






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