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SBIR/STTR for Faculty, Post-Docs and Grad Students

Jan 18th 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Energy Innovation Center - 1020 East Lewis Street, Laramie, WY 82070

Understand the basics of SBIR and STTR grant programs, including eligibility requirements, PI qualifications, and participating agencies.    


The day will consist of two different sessions.  The morning session, from 8:30 am – noon, will explain how the SBIR and STTR programs differ from each other and from traditional university faculty grants university, and how to determine if this type of funding makes sense for your technology.  We will also discuss how to commercialize research discoveries, and the advantages and disadvantages of starting your own company versus licensing to an established business. 


We will finish up the seminar portion of the day, from 12:00-1:00 PM, with lunch and a presentation on building your team, designed for start-up companies.  The “Building a Quality Team” program will demonstrate how to use sub-contractors to fill-out your team, how to discuss the current and future build-out of your management group, and how to use advisory boards and technical advisors to strengthen your company and proposals. 


From 1:00-4:30 PM, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in individual, private 20-minute meetings with the presenter to ask questions, discuss your project, and get tips on topics such as researching past awards, registration for proposal submittal, contacting a program manager, approaching your commercialization plan, and what to include in your Specific Aims.     


Presenter:  Austin Dean,Principal Consultant BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc). Austin joined BBCetc as a Principal Consultant in 2017 with a background in business incubation, acceleration services and early-stage investing. Most recently, Austin served as the Operations Director for Grand Rapids-based Start Garden Inc., the leading business incubator for IoT companies in West Michigan. Prior to his role at Start Garden, he managed an accelerator program, served as gatekeeper for statewide capital programs, and supported a portfolio of high-growth companies on behalf of Michigan’s Grand Rapids SmartZone. Austin has owned and operated businesses in enterprise SaaS, consumer products, and human resources. He received a BA and an MBA in Finance from Grand Valley, and has formerly worked as a business analyst for Merrill Lynch and Charter Capital Partners.


Fee:  No cost for Wyoming Residents: $40 fee for non-Wyoming residents. Contact Peggy Baker 307-382-0947 for information. and payment.

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