2022 SBIR/STTR Workshop Series
Our second annual SBIR/STTR workshop series, co-hosted by Innovation Partners, TEES Office for Commercialization & Entrepreneurship, and Research Development Services of Texas A&M University’s Division of Research, will bring together experts internal and external to Texas A&M to provide an introduction to the program, help those interested discern whether to submit a proposal, and cover key items in crafting successful proposals. This year’s event will again offer a Q&A panel featuring A&M faculty who have previously received SBIR or STTR awards, and conclude with a special topics session for university start-ups and a networking reception. We hope you will join us!
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 from 11:00am-1:30pm
Session 1: SBIR/STTR Program Introduction and Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships
Sponsored by Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation (BVEDC)
This session will provide a general introduction of the SBIR and STTR programs. It will cover the resources that are available online and key considerations for applications with the different agencies. Additionally, the importance of programs, such as I-Corps, and the support your university technology transfer office can provide will be covered as well.
- Lenae Scroggins – Vice Chair, Texas A&M New Ventures Competition
- Christopher Scotti – Director of New Ventures, Texas A&M University Innovation Partners
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 11:00am-1:30pm
Session 2: The Pre-Proposal Work: How do I know I am Ready?
Panelists in this session will cover topics and questions that address pre-proposal work, including registration requirements, differences in eligibility between SBIR and STTR, submission limits, and team role requirements for each agency.
Moderator: Christopher Scotti – Director of New Ventures, Texas A&M University Innovation Partners
- Saurabh Biswas – Executive Director for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
- Colby Humphrey – Chief Intelligence Officer, Make Safe Tech
- Greg Day, Head of Chemistry, Framergy Inc.
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 11:00am-1:30pm
Session 3: Business/Executive Commercialization Plan
Sponsored by Dickinson Wright, PLLC
This session brings experts from both the university and industry settings to stress the importance of the business/executive commercialization plan for an SBIR or STTR proposal. Panelists will share recommendations on how to approach this section and advice for forming an effective advisory board to strengthen your submission. Panelists will also discuss how to identify business mentors who can assist with ensuring you are covering all bases.
Moderator: Stephen Mason – Member, Dickinson Wright, PLLC
- Matt Prochaska – President and CEO, Brazos Valley Economic Development Corporation
- Caleb Holt – Founder and CEO, Make Safe Tech; and CEO Intelligent NanoFiber, LLC
- Omar Hakim – Professor; Director, Oui Agree; Interim CEO, CSO for Ellansa
- Frank Coppersmith – CEO, Smarter Reality
Moderator: Sabine Ward – Associate at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
- Mark Benden – Dept. Head and Assoc. Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; and CEO, Positive Motion, LLC
- Jacqueline Havelka – Industry Advisory Board Member, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Founder, Inform Scientific
- Duncan Maitland – Professor; Co-founder & Director, Shape Memory Medical, Inc.
- Jose Quintana – President, Advent GX Corporation
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 from 4:00pm-5:00pm
@ the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center
Session 5: Start-Up Pitfalls: How to Avoid the Biggest Start-Up Mistakes
Sponsored by Jackson Walker
Join Chris Rourk, Art Cavazos and Erin Camp from Jackson Walker as they discuss the top mistakes start-ups make when engaging with universities to prepare and submit SBIR/STTR proposals. An important part of any SBIR/STTR proposal is the company that will be involved with the research, and forming a company involves more than filing some paperwork. While it might be tempting to try being CEO or CTO, a professional researcher would be well advised to find someone with experience to serve in those roles and to get the benefit of strategic thinking from incubators, angel investors or other seasoned professionals. Such advisors can help navigate pitfalls like those to be discussed, such as when choosing between a corporation, LLC or other company types, distributing initial equity among founders and early employees, accepting or turning down early stage financings, and negotiating intellectual property agreements.
Closing Networking Reception: Join us after Session 5 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the Block T Bar for appetizers and beverages to network with colleagues from across campus, workshop panelists, and other entrepreneurs in the community.
- Chris Rourk – Partner, Jackson Walker
- Art Cavazos – Partner, Jackson Walker
- Erin Camp – Associate, Jackson Walker
Closing Reception sponsored by Jackson Walker.
Join us for multiple sessions!