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October 2017 - In This Issue:

The Technology Commercialization Services team provides one-on-one business counseling and advice to: small business owners, university researchers, and entrepreneurs looking to advance their innovations to the marketplace.

Director, Technology Development and Commercialization

SBIR/STTR  Specialist
& Newsletter Editor

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Eastern NC

Technology Commercialization Counselor
North Central NC

Technology Commercialization Counselor
Western NC

2017 SBIR Symposium
The 2017 SBIR/STTR Symposium is coming to RTP on
December 4th!

This year, you will take a deep dive into the SBIR/STTR funding opportunities that many companies should be taking advantage of. Meet with and learn from agency representatives from DoD (Chem Bio, DARPA, Army), NASA, USDA, DOE and Homeland Security. Each will discuss their SBIR/STTR funding mechanisms in detail.

One-on-one meetings will be available with agency reps throughout the day to address specific questions you have.

Whether you are new to the SBIR program or are a seasoned awardee, this symposium will update you on many existing opportunities that may suit your projects.

The complete agenda and registration is available at: http://www.sbtdc.org/events/sbir/symposium2017 

Successful SBIR Roundtable
In September, the SBTDC hosted an SBIR Roundtable session for recent SBIR awardees.  The roundtable series is focused on two things:  
1.) educating SBIR awardees on specific business topics that are often challenge areas for early stage tech companies, and 
2.) providing an opportunity for like-minded companies to network.  

The topic of our last session was focused on how to attract business level talent to a small tech company.  The panelists included attorney Walter Daniels, entrepreneur and CEO Benny Ward and First Flight CEO Andy Schwab.  The session was moderated by John Hardin, Director of the Board of Science, Technology and Innovation.  Given the success of this event, we expect to plan and carry out two Roundtable events in 2018.  

New Team Member
David Walker joined the SBTDC team as a Technology Commercialization Counselor based at Appalachian State University's facility in Hickory on October 2nd.  David has founded and managed technology companies and has severed as a Board member in multiple for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.  He has assisted small and medium sized businesses in project management, installing cash management systems and quality assurance systems.  As a serial entrepreneur, he has a wide general skill set; but, his real passion is in helping companies turn new ideas into products.

David has over 20 years of direct experience in IP and patents, technology licensing, small business innovation research (SBIR) and small business technology transfer (STTR) proposals and other technology-related areas. 

You can reach David at (828) 322-5378 or dwalker@sbtdc.org.

National Science Foundation SBIR/STTR
The National Science Foundation's next SBIR proposal submission deadline is coming up very soon.  With only a month a half before the December 4th deadline, you should be well on your way with the proposal preparation and registration process.  If not, do not delay another day!

Webinars delivered by carious program managers which offer Q&A are being delivered on multiple dates in October and November.  Registration is available at:  https://seedfund.nsf.gov/events/

Soliciting Pre-Submission Feedback Potential proposers may (but are NOT required to) submit an  Executive Summary  via the  seedfund.nsf.gov  website to help gauge whether a project meets the program's intellectual merit and broader/commercial impact criteria. The Executive Summary questionnaire will ask for the small business to discuss the company and team; the market opportunity, value proposition, and customers; the technology/innovation; key technology risks to be addressed by this effort; and the competition. The cognizant Program Director will respond with feedback. Please note that responsiveness of Program Directors will be limited as the solicitation deadline approaches.

Technology Commercialization Program

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