Innovation Summit

The Montana Innovation Partnership powered by MSU TechLink Center is pleased to co-host an SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit with our FAST partner, NM FAST at Arrowhead Center.  This important event will bring together small businesses, federal program managers, defense representatives, experts, and local organizations who have a vested interest in driving innovation through the SBIR and STTR programs.
The Innovation Summit’s line-up features powerful speakers, informative panels, access to private one-on-one time with the decision-makers, updates on the upcoming DoD SBIR/STTR topics, and more. MSU TechLink will live-stream all panel and keynote sessions and connect for an interactive discussion with program managers at the New Mexico event site.  We will also welcome Michelle Willis of Naval Sea Systems Command here in Bozeman to meet directly with Montana researchers and small businesses interested in working with Department of Defense.
Join us Wednesday, December 12th, 2018. 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM.

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Tentative Agenda:

8:00 Check-in and coffee/tea

8:30 Welcome

8:45 Keynote: SBIR/STTR success in Montana

9:30 Panel: Working with Primes
Working with Industry: Avenues for Partnering with Industry and Primes
Working with an industry partner, or “prime,” on a subcontract can significantly increase your chance of receiving SBIR/STTR funding. Programs like the All Small Mentor Protégé program incentivize partnerships with small businesses for unique contract opportunities. In this panel, leaders from prime contractors and small businesses will discuss the value of subcontracting/contracting, how to approach their organizations to capture these opportunities, and how their organizations can help you increase your innovative capital.
Moderator: Cliff Hudson, CEO, Emerging Technology Ventures
Panelist: Craig Owens, Lockheed Martin, Small Business Innovation Research Program Manager
Panelist: Joy Colucci, CEO and Founder, Metis Technology Solutions, Inc.
Panelist: Mike Williams, SBIR/STTR Transition Agent, Air Force

10:30 Break

10:45 Panel: Follow-on Funding
Beyond SBIR/STTR: Follow-on Funding Opportunities
You are reaching the end of your Phase II award – now what? What is a Phase III and how do you secure funding? This panel will provide an overview of follow-on funding opportunities, touching on other Phase II opportunities, other grant and contract mechanisms, angel and venture funding and commercialization assistance programs that can help move your technology closer to commercialization. Hear directly from funding organizations on how to identify and navigate commercialization opportunities, leverage SBIR projects and secure additional capital.
Moderator: Myrriah Tomar, Director, Office of Science and Technology
Panelist: Russell Long, Founder, Long Capture and Contract Management
Panelist: Richard McNamara, NAVSEA
Panelist: John Chavez, President, New Mexico Angels
Panelist: Jennifer Stewart, ORTA Representative, Naval Surface Warfare Center

12:00 Catered lunch and networking with Montana tech companies, researchers, and economic development partners

1:00 Panel : SBIR/STTR Tips and Tricks
Funding Your Innovative Idea: Tips & Tricks for Securing SBIR Funding
Putting together a SBIR or STTR proposal package can be intimidating (especially if it’s your first time). To further complicate things, each agency has nuances and different processes for proposal development and submission. What resources are available to help you? How do you navigate the process if you are a first-time applicant? Historically, only 15-20% of SBIR/STTR applications get awarded – this panel will provide tips and tricks to help you be part of that 15%.
Moderator: Dan Suhr, President, Independent Platform
Panelist: Rick Shindell, President, Zyn Systems
Panelist: Emily Novak, SBIR Program Coordinator, NAVSEA
Panelist: Bill Goodman, President, Goodman Technologies
Panelist: Simon Woodruff, President, Woodruff Scientific

2:00 – 5:00 One-on-One meetings with Michelle Willis, Naval Sea Systems Command

2:00 Topics Discussion
Have you ever wondered how your innovative ideas or capabilities, either technology or services, can be delivered to the Department of Defense? The topics discussion will cover how you can get a share of the $350 million of non-dilutive funds invested every year by the Navy in innovative ideas.
Agency Representatives:
McNamara, Richard NAVSEA HQ/DIR
Marker, Douglas PEO IWS
Novak, Emily, Team Ships
Goodwin, Daniel PEO Carriers
Tyler, Patrick PEO SUBS
Shah, Shreyansh, PEO USC
Azoum, Shadi SPAWAR
Mounce, Gabe AFRL

3:30 Break

3:45 Topic Discussion Continuation

5:15 Importance of SBIR and Closing Remarks
Why Innovation Matters for the Future of Montana

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