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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Thursday, April 26, 2018

2018 Mid Atlantic SBIR/STTR & Commercialization Conference

All Day Event

Make plans to attend the only SBIR/STTR conference the Washington DC/Maryland/Virginia region in 2018! This special two-day conference will feature special presentations on "America's Seed Fund" -- the SBIR and STTR programs.

Special presentations for both new applicants AND SBIR/STTR recipients!


Highlights Include:

  • Hear from expert consultants on how to prep your proposal for success;
  • Meet with reps from 12 Federal Agenies;
  • Learn about the key provisions in SBIR/STTR that allow for sole source contracting -- CLICK HERE for a short presentation on SBIR Sole Source legislation;
  • Learn about key SBIR/STTR commercialization planning to enhance your proposals; Identify other government contract opportunities;
  • Understand the Venture Capital pathway;
  • Key accounting tips for both applicants and SBIR/STTR recipients;
  • Learn about key programs available for Virginia companies;
  • Networking and one on ones during opening night reception;
  • MORE!

Confirmed Exhibitors Include:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • Dept. of Energy
  • NASA
  • EPA
  • Army
  • Navy
  • NIST
  • USDA
  • Dept. of Homeland Security
  • NOAA
  • Dept. of Education
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Virginia Small Business Development Centers
  • Virginia Procurement Technical Assistance Program
  • CIT's GAP Seed Fund
  • State Matching Grants program (CRCF)
  • MACH37 Cyber Accelerator Program
  • Smart Cities Actuator Program
  • Prince William County Economic Development
  • H.S. Dracones, LLC (Commercialization Consulting)
  • ICAT Systems
  • ASSETT Inc.
  • Miles & Stockbridge (Legal Services)
  • Promotional Partners insclude: Activation Capital, George Mason University, Eastern Foundry, George Washington University I-Corps, Loudoun County Economic Development, SECAF, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, Dulles Regional Chambe of Commerce, Northern Virginia Technology Council, Fairfax County Economic Development Agency.


Thanks to our Premiere Sponsors: 

Prince William County Economic Development

Lockheed Martin

PUNCH Cyber Analytics Group





Day 1 -- April 25


8:30AM: Robert Brooke, Center for Innovative Technology -- Welcome Remarks


8:35AM: Ed Albrigo, President, CIT


8:35AM: KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jonathon Aberman, Amplifier Ventures

Jonathan is highly respected and valued thought leader on entrepreneurship and innovation. His work as a venture investor, innovation consultant, university professor and media commentator, allows him to experience and connect the many threads of entrepreneurship and technology innovation that are core to the United States economy and its future. Quite knowledgeable about the SBIR/STTR programs, he knows how important these programs are to the DC area economies.


8:50AM: SBIR Proposal Prep Tips at Grant Agencies -- Becky Aistrup, BBCetc

A well-known SBIR/STTR program expert, Becky conducts SBIR/STTR-related workshops for BBCetc clients throughout the U.S. and regularly speaks at national conferences. Becky also consults one-on-one on proposal development with BBCetc clients and has special expertise in the DoD, NIH, NASA and DHS SBIR/STTR programs. This session will focus on granting agencies (those agencies who do not purchase your technology). Remember, different missions, processes, and goals exist at each agency – learn how to approach each one.


11:30AM: Support Resources Quick Pitch Session

A quick look at some of the support programs available to Virginia companies, including CITs SBIR Support Program, CIT’s Matching SBIR/STTR Grants, CIT’s GAP Seed Fund, MACH37 Cyber Accelerator, Smart Cities Actuator, Virginia’s SBDC and PTAC programs, GENEDGE, Activation Capital, and the GW I-Corps program.


NOON: LUNCH & Networking


12:45PM: SBIR Proposal Prep Tips at Contracting Agencies -- Becky Aistrup, BBCetc Becky continues her SBIR/STTR proposal tips training and focuses on the Contracting agencies – those agencies who plan to possibly purchase your technology. How does this really work?


3:00PM: SBIR/STTR Agency Presentations 1 – Granting Agencies

Hear from reps from various agencies who will provide tips on how they want to engage with you, processes they have in place, when their next SBIR/STTR opportunity will be, and more. Agencies include NH, USDA, NIST, Dept. of Energy, and EPA.


3:45PM: SBIR/STTR Agency Presentations 2 – Contracting Agencies

You’ve heard from the granting agencies, now its time to hear from the Contracting Agencies! Tips, processes, next opportunity, etc. Agencies include NASA, Army, Navy, DARPA and Homeland Security. 4:45PM: Networking Reception Engage with the agencies, support programs, and other exhibitors during this special networking reception. Enjoy a few drinks and light food!


Day 2 -- April 26


8:30AM: Day 2 Opening Remarks -- Robert Brooke, CIT


8:40AM: SBIR Commercialization Planning Tips, Becky Aistrup, BBCetc

Understanding the commercialization goals of SBIR/STTR is critical for success – don’t under estimate the need to talk about markets, value proposition, pathways to customers, and other tips that show you are not just doing research, you are building something that someone wants to buy!


11:00AM: Accessing Government Funding Beyond SBIR/STTR -- Liz Powell, G2G Consulting Liz Powell has nearly two decades of experience from working on health, defense and economic development policy in Congress and as an attorney and lobbyist. She started G2G in 2007 and manages government relationships and operations in their Washington, D.C. office. She knows that SBIR/STTR funding is not the final goal – commercialization and accessing other government funding is key to the success of most companies in the SBIR/STTR programs. Liz will discuss some of the other funding programs you may want to be aware of.


11:30AM: Advice on Engaging with Venture Capital & an Intro to the New Founders Fund! – Tom Weithman, Managing Director, CIT Gap Funds

Tom will provide insights into the venture capital process for early stage tech firms who may be seeking seed and venture funding in the near future. He will also present an overview of the just announced Founders Fund – a new investment fund that seeks to invest in companies across the Commonwealth as well as focus on historically under-represented groups such as women-owned, minority owned, and veteran owned tech firms in Virginia.


Noon: Networking Lunch Provided


12:45PM: Booths Close


12:45PM: Securing Large Follow On Awards to SBIR/STTR – John Davis, SBIR Resource Center John Davis, SBIR Resource Center

Understanding how the SBIR/STTR programs allow award recipients to secure follow on contracts across the federal government landscape is one of the specialty areas of focus in Mr. Davis’s consulting practice. Learn what the rules are and how you should build a business development strategy that includes SBIR/STTR sole source contracting into your long term planning.


2:30PM: Leveraging Social Capital & Preparing for Customers – Kelli Kedis Ogborn, H.S. Dracones LLC One of the key areas of Kelli’s consulting practice is to help companies build successful coalitions around technology in order to create advocates for your work and a space for your desired market place. She also helps you communicate the impact of your technology to insure the right message is addressing the right audience.


3:15PM: Accounting tips for SBIR/STTR Applicants and Recipients -- Ed Jameson, Jameson & Jameson

After serving as a senior consultant in the small business and tax departments at Price Waterhouse, Boston, Ed joined the firm in 1988. Since then, he's helped clients secure, account for, and survive audit on more than $4 billion in government grants and contracts. SBIR/STTR is all about funding your R&D – be sure to account for it appropriately!






Robert Brooke, 703-689-3080


Event Location:

Center for Innovative Technology building (CIT)

2214 Rock Hill Rd., Herndon, VA 20170



(EARLY BIRD RATES Expired April 6):

  • Small Tech Firms and University Researchers: $150 (or $100 for one day pass)
  • Virginia based Economic Developers: (use Small Tech Firm rate above)
  • All Others: $250 (Business Services -- Full Conference rate only)


Exhibit & Sponsor Packages:

  • Full Exhibit Table: $450 (full table, 2 tickets)
  • Half Exhibit Table: $300 (share a table, 1 ticket)
  • Sponsor: $1000 (3 available) (table in prime location, 3 tickets, table top signage, recongnition as sponsor, short podium presentation)
























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