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Want to Learn More About America’s Largest Seed Fund?

SBIR Road Tour image--of roadIf you want to learn more about America’s largest seed fund, sign up for the 2015 SBIR Road Tour, coming to Fairmont on May 14.  To register, click here.

The SBIR Road Tour will help West Virginia entrepreneurs and small businesses explore technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs of the U.S. Small Business Administration.

By reserving a specific percentage of federal R&D funds for smaller firms, domestic small businesses are encouraged to engage in high-growth priorities and build a strong national economy.  SBIR recipients have created breakthroughs in nanotechnology, robotics, mobile communications, genetic therapies, clean energy and space, and more.

The highly competitive SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research and Research and Development that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

Click here to register.

Federal Program Managers representing the $2.5 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.  Scheduled to attend, and available for one-on-one sessions, will be representatives from the following agencies:

Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

Department of Defense – US Air Force (USAF)

Department of Defense – US Navy (USN)

Department of Energy (DOE)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

If you are a small business owner, entrepreneur, researcher or innovator, or small technology firm, plan to attend this national outreach event to explore technology funding opportunities that can help you launch and grow.

WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 2015
TIME: Registration at 7:30 a.m.; Event 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
PLACE: Robert Mollohan Research Center – 1000 Galliher Drive – Fairmont, WV
COST: $30 (Students, $15)

Click here to register.

The SBIR Road Tour in West Virginia is jointly supported by SBA, TechConnect, the WV High Technology Foundation/INNOVA, the WV Small Business Development Center, WV Score, the WV Regional Technology Park, the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, the Chemical Alliance Zone, and the Charleston Area Alliance.