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SBIR Road Tour and Summit

BBCetc invites you to join us for this special event

July 19, 2017
Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti

Program managers from the nation’s federal agency SBIR/STTR programs are coming to Michigan to meet individually with YOU!  Attend this special event and pitch your technology directly to the relevant agency reps, ask questions and talk about next steps while learning about the $2.5 billion in non-dilutive funding available through the SBIR/STTR programs annually.


Hear informative agency panels + Attend SBIR/STTR training sessions + Visit with Michigan entrepreneurial support providers + Meet with BBCetc SBIR/STTR Consultants

Register Today to Reserve Your Meeting with SBIR/STTR Program Managers from:

  • Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Department of Defense – Navy
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce – National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Transportation (tentative)
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Meetings available 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM (After registering you will be sent a unique link that will direct you to your personal page. There you will request the agencies you wish to meet with and complete quad chart to assist in your meetings, save it as a pdf, then upload it. (Get BBCetc’s help on completing your quad chart – see webinar below)

The Day At-A-Glance

(View full agenda with descriptions)

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Check in
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Welcome/Introductions
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.* One-on-one Meetings with Agency Program Managers/Agency Presentations
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. America’s Seed Fund – SBIR/STTR Overview
8:45 – 9:40 a.m. Reverse Pitch – 5-Minute Agency Overviews
9:40 – 10:20 a.m. R&D for a Public Purpose—the Granting Agencies
10:20 – 10:35 a.m. United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – IP Resources
10:35 – 11:20 a.m. Business with the Warfighter: Technology Alignment, Opportunities, Funding
11:20 a.m. – Noon Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes
12:15-1:30 p.m. Lunch Panel – MI Success Stories: Tips from Those Who’ve Been There
1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Top 10 Dos and Don’ts for Your SBIR/STTR Proposal
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Essentials of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Planning
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Meet with Michigan Entrepreneurial Support Resources
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Informal Networking
*One-on-One sessions run concurrently with agency presentations

Attend any or all of the day’s activities!
General Admittance: $40; Students $20 (with valid ID presented at the door)

Register Now

Eastern Michigan University, Student Center
900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197 (map)

Free Webinar: Get Ready to Meet with the Program Managers

Thursday, June 29, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Get an overview of the SBIR/STTR Programs, a preview of the agencies visiting Ann Arbor and learn how to complete the quad chart you’ll need to complete online to prepare for your meeting(s).
Presenter: Becky Aistrup, Managing Partner, BBCetc
Register for the Webinar

Visit with a BBCetc Consultant and Review Your Pitch (no charge)

Tuesday, July 18, 9 AM – 3 PM
Get ready to put your best foot forward when you talk to SBIR/STTR agency program managers.
20-min. appts. at BBCetc’s Chelsea office, Ann Arbor Spark, the Michigan Life Science & Innovation Center (Plymouth) or by phone.  PLEASE NOTE: You must be registered for the July 19 Road Tour in order to request a meeting.
Request an appointment

Don’t miss this unique opportunity if you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher or small technology firm!


Funds for this initiative were provided by the 21st Century Jobs Fund, an Michigan Strategic Fund program designed to accelerate the growth and diversification of Michigan’s economy. The MEDC, a public-private partnership between state and local communities, provides administrative support for the Jobs Fund.


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