CIT Entrepreneur Webinars

Intro

SBIR/STTR Overview & Program
(Pre-Recorded Webinar)
This recorded webinar was delivered on 1/26/2017. This webinar provides an intro to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program.  Info includes who the participating agencies are, amount of funding available, basic processes, differences between SBIR and STTR, understanding Granting vs. Contracting agencies, how each agency differs in its implementation of SBIR/STTR, what the purpose of the programs are and the level of content required in proposals. Session also provides an quick overview of CIT’s funding support programs available to Virginia based companies, and, how CIT supports SBIR/STTR applicants from Virginia. Presented by Robert Brooke, Dir. Federal Funding Programs, CIT. 
Cost:  Virginia Based Firms:  FREE.  All others: $10
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SBIR/STTR Phase I “Feasibility” Project Scope – What do SBIR/STTR Projects Look Like?
(Pre-Recorded Webinar)
This recorded webinar was delivered on 12/12/2013.  This session includes discussion of what adequate “scope of work” includes for Phase I SBIR and STTR proposals, what “proving feasibility” means, and how do you present “preliminary data”.  Make sure your scope of work is appropriate for the amount of funding and the amount of time available!  A perfect complement to the Intro Webinar session.
Cost:  Virginia Based Firms:  FREE.  All others: $20
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NSF SBIR/STTR Webinars

1: NSF SBIR/STTR Overview Webinar
Presented on January 15, 2016
This webinar provides a short overview of SBIR and STTR and includes specific introductory details on the NSF SBIR/STTR programs.  Topics covered include what they fund, who they fund, how NSF differs from other agencies, and how to get started.  NSF SBIR/STTR solicitations close in June and December each year – plan early to get your proposals submitted!  Learn the basics in this short webinar.  
Length:  1.5 hours   
Presented by: Michael Kurek, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.  
Price:  FREE for Virginia firms, $35 all others.
Register:  https://cit2.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_212489


2: NSF SBIR/STTR Program Details & Project Planning Webinar
Presented Jan. 28, 2016  
Learn how to lay the groundwork for your NSF SBIR/STTR project with this discussion of steps to getting your proposal started, how to communicate with the Program Manager, best practices for preparing an Executive Summary and developing your preliminary project plan and budget.
Length: 1.5 hours
Presented by: Michael Kurek, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. 
Price:  FREE for Virginia firms, $35 all others.
Register:  https://cit2.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_212968 


3. NSF SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Essentials Webinar
Presented Feb. 4, 2016  
You've thoroughly read the solicitation and planned your NSF SBIR or STTR project; now it's time to prepare the actual application. This webinar takes you through necessary steps for collecting the application information and completing the proposal components. In addition, it provides practical tips on formatting and style as well as advice on pitfalls to avoid.
Presented by: Michael Kurek, Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.  
Price:  FREE for Virginia firms, $35 all others.
Register:  https://cit2.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_213457


4. NSF SBIR/STTR Forms, Budget & Electronic Submission Tips" WEBINAR 
Presented Feb. 11, 2016  
This webinar provides important information about building your budget for an NSF SBIR/STTR, identifying and completing the required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Science Foundation as well as how to navigate the electronic submission process. You will learn how to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track your submission.
Length:  One hour and ten minutes
Presented by: Kris Bergman, Grants & Contracts Management Specialist, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.  
Price:  FREE for Virginia firms, $35 all others.
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NIH SBIR/STTR Webinars

1: NIH SBIR/STTR Program Specifics & Strategic Planning
This webinar provides an overview of the NIH SBIR/STTR program, including finding a solicitation, deciding which Institute or Center best "fits" for your project, talking to NIH and understanding the review process. Also covered is what "homework" you'll need to do to begin planning for your submission.  This session was hosted by BBC ETC and registration will occur on their web site.
Cost:  Free for Virginia Companies. $30 All Others
Register:  http://www.bbcetc.com/training/purchase-webinars/nih-sbirsttr-part-1-program-specifics-and-strategic-planning/


2: NIH SBIR/STTR Proposal Preparation Basics
This webinar guides you through key steps in planning your proposal and delves into how to demonstrate the all important "Impact" of your technology for the reviewers. Information on best practices for completing the various sections of the proposal. This session was hosted by BBC ETC and registration will occur on their web site.
Cost:  Free for Virginia Companies. $30 All Others
Register: http://www.bbcetc.com/training/purchase-webinars/nih-sbirsttr-part-2-proposal-preparation-basics/


3:  “Writing Research Strategy and Demonstrating Impact”
(Webinar originally held on July 21, 2015)
The Research Strategy explains the Significance of the problem or critical barrier your project addresses its technological Innovation (how does it move the field forward?) and the Approach you will take to prove its feasibility. This session will delve into these areas and making sure your project has IMPACT. 
Cost:  Free for Virginia Companies. $35 All Others
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4. "Tips on Preparing Biosketches and Facilities Sections for NIH SBIR/STTR Proposals”
This session will help you identify who comprises your key personnel, what to include in a personal statement, who needs to provide letters of support and what the letters should include, and more. In addition, we will review key aspects of the Facilities and Resources section (not just a cut and paste list!). 
Cost:  Free for Virginia companies, $35 all others.
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5:  “Developing your NIH SBIR/STTR Commercialization Stragegy”
To be eligible for SBIR/STTR funding your state-of-the-art of technology must have commercial potential.  Applicants must know their market size, characteristics, customers and competitors and how their innovation will address an unmet market need. This session deals with how to approach these topics and what information you’ll need to determine financial projections and the impact of your product.
Cost: Free for Virginia Companies. $35 All Others
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6:  “Formidable Forms, Pushing the Button, and Tracking your Submission”
This webinar provides important information about identifying and completing the required forms for an SBIR/STTR submission to the National Institutes of Health as well as how to navigate the electronic submission process.  You will learn how to avoid common mistakes and make corrections, formatting pointers, and how to track your submission.
Cost:  Free for Virginia Researchers & Virginia University. $35 All Others
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Tips from Award Winners

SBIR Tips from a Female Founder
Presented by Jiemin Jordan, Managing Partner, Decisive Investing Group & Former CEO of Endeavor Systems. 
Recipient of several Phase I and Phase II SBIR’s from the Dept. of Homeland Security, Ms. Jordan discusses how she used SBIR to fund early development of their technology and provides tips, do’s, and don’ts related to her experiences.
Cost: Free
Duration: 40 Minutes
Watch:  https://youtu.be/DXL_D0_CmXg


SBIR Tips from a Female Founder
Presented by Pallabi Saboo, CEO, Harmonia Holdings Group
Mr. Saboo discusses her experiences in using SBIR to grow her business to more than 200 employees.  She is the recipient of multiple Tibbett’s Awards for outstanding achievement and transition success using SBIR.
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: Free
Watch:  https://youtu.be/rXt-q5Go5jo

Tips from an NIH SBIR Winner – GATACA LLC (Presented 3/1/2016)
Duration: 43 minutes
Interview with Johanna Craig, President of GATACA, LLC, discussing her experiences with NIH SBIR funding.
Cost: Free
Watch:  https://youtu.be/bA97aXMUCR0


Tips from an NSF SBIR Winner - PaneraTech, Inc.(Presented 3/2/2016)
Duration: 55 minutes
Interview with Dr. Yakup Bayram, CEO, PeneraTech, Inc., discussing his experiences with NSF SBIR funding.
Cost: Free
Watch:  https://youtu.be/Zi45P2YDNbk

General Webinars

What I Learned from Creating Venturable Startups (Pre-Recorded Webinar)
Length: 8 minutes
Dan Henderson is an investment director for the CIT GAP Fund.  Prior to this role at CIT, he was the founder of several small businesses with various levels of successful outcomes.  Dan gives some practical advice from these experiences as both a founder, and now, a funder, of technology innovation.
Cost: FREE
Watch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kc-FnatLGoo
Questions:  Robert Brooke, 703-689-3080 robert.brooke@cit.org


CIT GAP Funds Intro & Criteria ((Pre-Recorded Webinar)
Length: 20 minutes
This webinar provides an intro to CIT GAP Funds, a family of seed funds managed by CIT on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia.  CIT GAP Funds invests in early stage, high-growth potential Virginia-based technology ventures. Learn about how the fund works, the process, the team, and general criteria on which CIT GAP Funds bases its investments. 
Presented by Tom Weithman, Vice President and Managing Director, CIT GAP Funds
Cost: FREE
Watch:  https://youtu.be/JsaEZy-j8-0
Questions:  Robert Brooke, 703-689-3080 robert.brooke@cit.org


QuickBooks & Compliance for SBIR/STTR Recipients (Presented 2/27/2015)
Length: 1 hour 15 minutes
For SBIR/STTR award winners who want to better manage their projects through best practices and the use of QuickBooks. Learn how to use QuickBooks accounting software to manage accounting requirements. Make sure you are in the best position to support a Phase II project.  Topics covered include: setting up a chart of accounts; time and effort reporting; creating a budget; reporting by project; separation of costs by project.
Presented by Kris Bergman of BBC ETC
Cost: Virginia Companies & Virginia University:  FREE; All Others:  $35 per person
REGISTER:  https://cit2.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_191159
Questions:  Robert Brooke, 703-689-3080 robert.brooke@cit.org


SBIR/STTR for PostDocs & Graduate Students (Presented on 12/11/2014)
If planned for correctly, SBIR/STTR can be a great way to fund the continued research of PostDocs and Graduate Students as they exit the university.   In this webinar, you’ll hear about:  Investigating new sources of grant funding; Pursuing applied research; Commercializing research discovery; Investigating career opportunities for grad students & Postdocs; Considering starting a company; Eligibility requirements for SBIR and STTR; Strategies using SBIR/STTR to take your technology with you; When do you need to apply?; What's next?
Presented by Lisa Kurek of BBC ETC.
Cost: Free for Virginia Companies & Virginia University; All Others:  $25 per person
REGISTER:  https://cit2.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_184770
Note: Upon registering, the URL will be emailed to you in the confirmation email. Webinar is approximately 1.5 hour in length.


SBIR/STTR Eligibility Requirements (Presented on 10/8/2014)
Eligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR can get confusing – everyone has their own specific situation that needs to be analyzed to ensure that eligibility requirements are met. This webinar covers specific areas of concern for eligibility that all SBIR/STTR applicants should be familiar with, including: Size, Ownership, Control, Facilities, Key Persons, SBIR vs. STTR, and more.  Issues can arise for those engaging with a university, are considering using a Primary Investigator (PI) from the university, if the business has outside investors, if the PI is or is not employed full time by the small business, if there is a collaboration with another small business (joint venture), etc.  Some rules are different for SBIR and STTR in some cases, and even differ in some aspects from one agency to the next. This webinar will cover the rules for you to consider if your company is eligible to apply for SBIR/STTR.  Instruction by BBC ETC.  Funded in part through a grant award from the US Small Business Administration.
Cost: Free for Virginia University & Virginia Small Business; All others:  $25
REGISTER:  https://cit2.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_mc&view=mc&mcid=form_179468
Note: Upon registering, the URL will be emailed to you in the confirmation email. Webinar is approximately 1.5 hour in length.


NSF & DOD SBIR/STTR Competitive Checklist – Pre-recorded WEBINAR (from 4.22.2014): 
This popular webinar is specially designed to provide guidance to those planning a submission to the upcoming June 10 NSF SBIR deadline, June 11 NSF STTR deadline, and/or the June 25 DOD SBIR deadline.  Also a great refresher on SBIR/STTR.  The session covers the key proposal areas and  how to consider making modifications to your proposal prior to submission in order to make your proposal more competitive.  Determine what you need to do in the final weeks before you submit in order to make your proposal compliant and more compelling to the reviewers.  Approximately two hours in length. 
COST: Virginia firms Free; All others $35 per person
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Building a Lean High Quality Team for Your Start-up
(Pre-Recorded Webinar)
This webinar was delivered on 1/16/2014.  Start-ups are often just one to three person companies with little or no prior history to site.  These firms often have difficulty putting their teams together for SBIR and STTR submissions, investor pitches, strategic customers, etc.  This session will discuss how to use sub-contractors to fill out your team, how to discuss the current and future build out of your management team, and how to use Advisory Boards and Technical Advisors to strengthen your company.
Cost:  Virginia Based Firms: Free.  All others: $35
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Essentials of Effective SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plans 
With commercialization and transition plans being a key differentiator in the SBIR/STTR programs, it is important to know what the agencies are looking for and how to go about developing good plans.  This session will discuss the expectations that various agencies have for your commercialization plans in your Phase I and Phase II projects, where to find cost effective market research resources,  what quality “support & commitment letters” are, and what the level of required content is for various agencies. 
Cost:  Virginia Based Firms:  Free.  All others: $35
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Intellectual Property Protection & Licensing Strategies for Small Business (Recorded on September 10, 2015)
This webinar is ideal for small tech firms, university researchers with small businesses, and university PostDocs considering licensing technology from the university.  Topics covered include: 

  • Best practices for protecting your Intellectual Property:
  • Current patent trends;
  • Overview of open source license issues and the impact on your IP;
  • How university Tech Transfer & intellectual Property Offices work (what drives them)Strategies and tactics for licensing university IP;
  • How to identify and protect IP

This session is presented by Mr. James Gatto, partner at Sheppard Mullin, a full service global 100 law firm. Session is hosted by CIT.  Funded in part through a grant with the US Small Business Administration.
Cost:  Virginia Based Firms and Researchers:  FREE.  All others: $35
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"Internet of Things & Cyber Security Risks -- Are You Prepared?" Webinar (Recorded 12/10/2015)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a rapidly growing market, with many opportunities for small manufacturers. Inherent in this market however is the increasing need for cybersecurity, and the expectation that both regulatory and legal environments will impose substantial new requirements on IoT over the next couple years. This talk describes the IoT market and related cybersecurity risks, discusses the regulatory environment, and provides suggestions and descriptions of resources available to small businesses to help navigate this major technology trend. Presented by: Dave Ihrie, CTO, Center for Innovative Technology; Roy Luebke, Innovation and Growth Consultant, GenEdge Alliance.
Cost:  Free
Register: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b29elc6zOIA&feature=youtu.be
 

Virginia Resource Partners

Building Business Value via the CoreValue Process, Presented by GENEDGE Alliance
Presented by Dean Young, GENEDGE Alliance
Small manufacturers and technology companies are faced with many issues/needs from initial start up to commercialization, and even more challenges as they strive to manage daily business while implementing growth strategies. It is very easy to get caught in the day-to-day, to become overwhelmed and to lose sight of the original vision. One of Stephen Covey's 7 habits, "Begin with the End in Mind," is fundamental. A company needs a vision and a strategy to get there, a road map of sorts. This session will talk about the essential questions you need to answer for your business, help you under understand your business' value today, what the upside could be and what value gaps need to be closed in order to develop your own roadmap. SBIR/STTR companies may find this session of particular interest. GENEDGE will also discuss a special software tool they utilize and their EDGE VA program, which guides leadership teams through a "Value Analysis" process. GENEDGE provides an overview of how this approach has been used by many Virginia companies to diversify into commercial markets, lessen their reliance on the DoD and increase their top line.
Cost: Free to Virginia based companies and researchers, $10 all others
Duration: 1 Hour
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Tobacco Region SBIR Matching Grants Program
Presented by Evan Feinman, Executive Director, Tobacco Revitalization Commission.
An overview of the Tobacco Commission program that matches certain SBIR grants with funding to help economic development opportunities in the targeted footprint. Learn what this program is all about, funding amounts, where the qualified footprint is, what the requirements are, when the deadlines are, and how to apply.
Cost: Free
Duration: 18 Minutes
Watch:  https://youtu.be/w7JIbHIMHh0