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Do you need more funding to bring your idea to the market?


Maintain ownership of your innovation with this technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

  • Learn how you can receive $500,000 - $1 million to bring your products to market

  • Receive product/service commercialization assistance from the Wyoming SBDC Network and our other partners with the University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Business Council 

"[The] SBIR Program provides a critical foundation for jump-starting technology driven companies that simply could not launch otherwise."



     -Andrew Hansen
      R&D Director, Teton Composites


Meet with successful technology entrepreneurs who have been awarded some of the $2.5 billion in early stage funding offered by the federal government every year. Check individual events to see which speakers will be in attendance.


Kristin Di Bona, Founder & CEO, Wyomincs, LLC

Mark Weitz, PE, Kennon Products, Inc.

Robert Viola, Director of Engineer/Co-Owner, Square One Systems Design

Dr. Donald L. Jarvis, Founder & President, GlycoBac


Coming to a Wyoming community college near you:



Eastern Wyoming College

Basement of Tebbet Building, Room 131

March 28, 1-3 pm

Casper College


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Central Wyoming College


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Laramie County Community College


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Northern Wyoming Community College District

Powell, WY

April 11, 3 - 5:30 pm

Northwest College


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Western Wyoming Community College


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Success Story: AirLoom Energy



The idea for the AirLoom started in 2013 when Robert Lumley’s enthusiasm for kiteboarding drew him into the study of wind power. To help secure funding for this project, Lumley turned to the SBDC Network’s Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI). Kelly Haigler Cornish, WSSI Program Manager, helped the company apply for and receive nearly $1 million in funding. Haigler Cornish assisted AirLoom Energy in their application for funding, which led to the company’s selection as a recipient of a $225,000 National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Grant (Phase I). In 2017, the National Science Foundation awarded continued funding for the project to the tune of $750,000 (Phase II). Competitions for these nationwide grants is steep. In fact, AirLoom Energy’s latest award is the first NSF SBIR Phase II grant to a Wyoming company since 2009.


With funding in place, AirLoom Energy’s team has been busy putting their theories into practice. A working prototype of the AirLoom is in its final stages of development at the University of Wyoming’s Wind Energy Research Center Field Site. The company is confident that their product can offer an alternative to bulky wind turbines at a 15 times cost advantage by requiring 23 times fewer materials and reducing transportation, maintenance and land costs. The innovative design also offers greater flexibility as far as wind farm location and size.

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