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Justin Gaull

Guest Column by Justin Gaull, Program Manager

West Virginia Small Business Development Center

In-Tech Program (Innovation and Technology Commercialization)

In June, the WV Development Office and WVSBDC In-Tech program were represented at the National Innovation Summit and National SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Conference in Washington, D.C.

Large companies, federal agencies, and multi-national government prime contractors were visiting the WV booth at the trade show and asking about small business innovations and university research in West Virginia. In addition, federal agency SBIR program managers were on-hand, ready to talk 1:1 with companies that are interested in research funding through their respective agencies.

Below, you’ll find the link to view the recorded sessions from the conference. This is a great introduction the SBIR/STTR programming and how research-driven small businesses can tap into federal R&D funding.

  • SBIR 101 – On-Demand Recordings of the National SBIR Conference Educational Tracks:

The conference organizers recently released the recorded SBIR/STTR educational tracks from that conference.  If you would like to learn more about the “nuts and bolts” of the SBIR program including information on how to qualify and apply for SBIR/STTR funding, please take a look at the sessions recorded via this link:

  • Fall National SBIR Conference / Defense Energy Innovation Summit: – Austin, TX (November)

The Fall SBIR (November) Conference in Austin, Texas. The Fall SBIR Conference event will be held in parallel with the Defense Energy Summit and Innovation Showcase. If you have an energy–related/sustainability technology that is at or near a point of being market-ready, it would be a good opportunity to participate, showcase, and network. Here is more information on the event.

  • About the WVSBDC In-Tech Program:

The WVSBDC In-Tech (Innovation and Technology Commercialization) Program focuses on business development for West Virginia’s innovative and technology-based businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition to business coaching around commercialization, we will help you evaluate if you are ready for SBIR/STTR opportunities, perform searches for agency announcements/solicitations that fit your core competencies, find technical resources, and assist by reviewing your SBIR/STTR Phase 1 application during preparation.