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SBIR Week in the Southeast: September 14 &17!

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2020 SBIR Virtual Weeks

The 2020 Regional SBIR Weeks are virtual, collaborative outreach efforts connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR/STTR programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.  Each virtual event, hosted by a local organization, will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,500 new awards annually and to meet virtually one-on-one with program decision makers.

The SBIR Virtual Week provides an excellent opportunity for small businesses, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology companies to connect directly with SBIR/STTR program managers representing more than a dozen different federal agencies. Program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct one-on-one meetings with small businesses, take part in targeted panels, discuss technology areas, and share insights into how the agencies make funding decisions.


Day 1: Monday, September 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Panel discussions and presentations

Day 2: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.: One-on-one meetings with national SBIR program managers


Registration is now closed. A $20 deposit for registration was required and will be refunded after the event.

Agendas & Schedules

Monday, September 14

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.Sign into virtual lobby
9:00 – 9:15 a.m.Welcome remarks & introduction to U.S. Small Business Administration
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.Getting Started with SBIR/STTR
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.Break
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes
11:00 – 11:15 a.m.Break
11:15 – 12:00 p.m.Success in Phase I – Moving to Phase 11 and Beyond
12:00 – 12:15 p.m.Break
12:15 – 1:00 p.m.U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
1:00 – 1:15 p.m.Break
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.Federal Laboratory Consortium

Thursday, September 17

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.One-one-One sessions with SBIR/STTR program managers

* Agenda subject to change.

Participating Agencies

  • Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • Department of Defense – Army SBIR
  • Department of Defense – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Department of Defense – Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD SBIR)
  • Department of Defense – Navy (DON)
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • Department of Education (DoED)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

One-on-One Meeting Request Process

Registration for the one-on-one meeting request process will open on Friday, July 31. Conference registrants will receive a unique link allowing them direct access to the SBA scheduler system to select meetings. Registrants should add to their safe e-mail sender list to ensure that communications are not filtered into spam or junk. Each registrant can select up to three meetings per company. The meeting schedule will be confirmed a week prior to the road tour event. The deadline to select meetings is 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 10.

All meeting participants are required to complete the following quad chart: The quad chart, also known as the SBIR elevator pitch, is designed to offer a brief introduction to your technology and capture the attention of your audience.

Conference registrants should receive an e-mail from within two weeks of registering to select their one-on-one meetings.

Innovation Gateway will host a pre-event virtual SBIR/STTR workshop at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 11 to help attendees prepare for their one-on-one meetings. Please register here.  

SBIR/STTR Resources & Tutorials

To help prepare for the one-on-one meetings, attendees are encouraged to go through the following training: