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SBIR-STTR Boot Camp Slated for Nov. 12 at WVU LaunchLab

TechConnect West Virginia, in partnership with the WVU LaunchLab, will host a boot camp on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programs as well as present information on the newly launched WV SBIR/STTR matching grant program.

This bootcamp will be held from 4-6 p.m. followed by dinner and networking from 6-7 on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the WVU LaunchLab in Morgantown.

This is the first in a series of ten boot camps to be held across the state in the coming year as part of TechConnect’s “Bridging the Ecosystem in Science & Technology in West Virginia Program” (BEST in WV).  The bootcamps educate small businesses about the SBIR/STTR programs, help companies identify funding opportunities, provide information and a toolkit on completing necessary registrations, teach strategies for developing and refining proposal ideas, and give guidance on how to get ready to write the application.

“This program will raise awareness of the benefits of applying for the federal SBIR/STTR programs, answer questions that entrepreneurs and small businesses may have and offer technical assistance to facilitate more applications from West Virginians,” said Anne Barth, Executive Director of TechConnect West Virginia.

“Receiving an SBIR/STTR award can be transformative for small businesses. The proof of concept and research and development dollars companies receive help bring innovative products to market, add jobs, and diversify economies,” added Rich Giersch, CEO of Valtari Bio and workshop leader.

This program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The event is free, but registration is required by November 8.  To register for the conference, click here.

For additional information, contact Anne Barth at (304) 444-2918,