Guest Blog: New Strategy Connects The Boeing Company with Innovative Small Businesses
Teaming up with small businesses helps bridge technology gaps.
Developing innovative technologies has been a catalyst for growth throughout Boeing’s history. As the company approaches its 100-year anniversary, a cross-functional team is working creatively with small businesses as one way to ensure that growth continues.
The team is driving partnerships with companies that receive federal research and development funding through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. The program enables small businesses to develop new technologies, then partner with prime contractors – such as Boeing – that have the experience and ability to bring those technologies to market.
The new strategic approach establishes a pipeline of partnerships with SBIR/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) companies working on technologies that align with Boeing’s core product and service offerings, and encourages proposal teams to look beyond the traditional small businesses with which Boeing has collaborated.
According to Adriana Ocampo, Boeing SBIR/STTR and Mentor Protégé Program Manager, “Boeing strongly believes in bringing the best of industry solutions to satisfy customer needs and small businesses and specifically SBIR’s are important to this effort.”
A thorough analysis of Boeing’s technology gaps, merger and acquisition opportunities, and technology roadmap identifies the technology focus areas, according to Ocampo. “When we’re deciding which small businesses to engage with, we look at many factors, including how their research could potentially fill Boeing’s technology and capability gaps,” she said. “Partnering with SBIR companies during Phase II government funding enhances our customer intimacy while enabling transition opportunities that support our Long Range Business Plan.”
For additional information on how Boeing is utilizing the Small Business Innovative Research program, please contact Adriana Ocampo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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