SBIR Success Strategies

October 29th’s panel on Back 2 Biz will focus on success factors for the SBIR program from the corporate, SBIR program manager, and venture perspectives. Here’s an opportunity to hear from and interact with a diverse panel of experts who know SBIR success.

We’ll sit down with entrepreneurs, a federal VC and SBIR program managers for a session moderated by Jen Sovada, Chief Futures Officer and SVP/GM, MissionTech Solutions, where we will explore the current state of SBIR funding, how companies can successfully navigate the SBIR process, what federal VCs and program managers look for in companies that apply, and how they measure SBIR program and innovation success.

Congress created the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program in 1982 with the mission to support scientific excellence and technological innovation using federal R&D funds and the goal that those projects will become commercial successes. For small companies that qualify, the three-phase system can be lucrative. For example, first stage or Phase I awards can deliver up to $150K for 6 months of project feasibility research.

A video recording of the October 29 conversation will be made available.

  • Anusha Iyer | Co-Founder and CTO, Corsha
  • Dr. Manny Oliver | Director, SBIR/STTR Programs Office, Department of Energy
  • Riya Patel | Program Manager Government, Dcode
  • Jason Rathje | Director, AFVentures AFWERX, U.S. Air Force
  • Jen Sovada | Chief Futures Officer & SVP/GM, MissionTech Solutions | Board Member, Defense Entrepreneurs Forum
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Anusha Iyer
Anusha Iyer

Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of Corsha

Anusha is a technology leader with over 15 years of experience in security-minded software, analytics, and managed services. Prior to Corsha, Anusha was the Director of Software Programs at Galois, Inc., managing DARPA contracts in the areas of privacy, cyber-mission planning, and software diversity. She started her career in the Washington, D.C area at the Naval Research Lab, where she contributed to programs in the realm of tactical edge networking, program analysis and reverse engineering.

Anusha earned her Master’s degree in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo and an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She did her graduate work in formal models for insider threat assessment. Anusha is passionate about making security accessible, easy to adopt, even self-assuring.

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Manny Oliver
Manny Oliver

Director of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs
US Department of Energy

Manny Oliver is the Director of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for the US Department of Energy, https://www.energy.gov/. Manny has reduced the time from application to start of R&D from 8 months to 4.5 months. He is focused on commercialization outcomes through revised application requirements, a revamped commercialization assistance program, and web-based tracking of outcomes. Manny is implementing a collaborative effort with technology transfer offices at National Labs and universities to leverage the SBIR/STTR programs to accelerate technology transfer.

Manny is an MIT graduate with a B.S. and a Ph.D. in Materials Science. Manny was also an Assistant Professor at MIT.

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Riya Patel
Riya Patel

SBIR Government Program Manager

Riya Patel is Dcode's Government Program Manager. Riya
- Develops and manages relationships with key officials at various DoD and civilian agencies
- Develops new and exciting ways to work with government, startup technology companies, and system integrator partners to advance government missions.
- Leads curriculum sessions for both Dcode's tech and government community on innovative acquisitions, engaging with tech companies, and conducting deliberate market research.

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Jason Rathje
Jason Rathje

Director of AFVentures, AFWERX
United States Air Force

Jason Rathje is the Director of AFVentures, AFWERX. AFWERX connects the US Air Force, https://www.airforce.com/, to innovators.

Jason is part of a team that implements novel initiatives to mature and transition "dual-use" technology ventures. Their approach is to (1) build relationships between commercial solution-providers and Air Force problem-owners and (2) scale successful problem-solution matches. They are successful if their initiatives accelerate product-market fit between the companies who are passionate about national security and Air Force users who need their revolutionary technologies.

Jason has researched the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation, and national security in Stanford's Management Science & Engineering Department, specializing in technology entrepreneurship strategies. Specifically, Jason studied the effect of government partnerships, both as an investor and customer, on basic research through commercialization. This research heavily influenced my involvement in AF Ventures, as well sparked new research projects on how to expand the dual-use economy more intelligently.

Jason is an MIT graduate with a B.S. and an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.

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Jen Sovada
Jen Sovada

Futures Officer and Senior Vice President / General Manager for the Defense market for the Intelligence Community (IC)
MissionTech Solutions

Forbes Top 50 AI in Government Influencer Colonel (Ret.) Jen Sovada is MissionTech Solutions Chief Futures Officer where she is responsible for bringing MissionTech's model for integrating new technologies and best practices into government. While at MissionTech, Jen developed MissionTech’s Promethean Process™, a proprietary five-step innovation framework that drives the success of our projects and clients. Prior to joining MissionTech, Jen served as an Intelligence Officer for over 25 years in the Air Force and held high-level positions across the Intelligence Community to include serving as the Chief of Talent Management for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Cyber Effects Operations and as the Wing Commander of the Air Force Technical Applications Center.

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Bring your best ideas, innovations and SBIR funding challenges and enjoy the conversation!

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Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Funded

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at 5:30PM, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore presents another event in its Mentor series, Creating a Pitch Deck that Gets Funded.

Cynthia Traeger will describe in detail Pitch Decks and what is necessary in creating a fundable pitch deck and the key touch points in presenting successfully to investors.

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Cynthia Traeger is a seasoned founder and entrepreneur. Cynthia is CEO of Pacific, mentors entrepreneurs globally for NIH CAP and State Department GIST and for 5 years was director of DCFI.

  • Learn what content and criteria is necessary for a “fundable” pitch deck
  • See two examples of deck that got funded
  • Hear the founder make a mock pitch from their funded decks
  • Hear founder’s insights as to what went right and what went wrong.
  • Hear insights from two experts with investment backgrounds
  • Participate in round table discussions with speakers
  • Network and access to experts
  • Collaborate with fellow area entrepreneurs

Program participants can expect a meaningful and educational engagement complemented by an excellent opportunity to grow their network of successful entrepreneurs and meet with elite service providers in the Washington, DC area.

Details

Date, Time: Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Navy League Building, Ground Floor Conference Center, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA

Directions: Closest metro stop is Courthouse, Orange and Silver Lines; Paid Parking in building and free street parking after 6:00 p.m. There is an entrance to the building from Clarendon Blvd. Food: Pizza, sodas and wine will be provided

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Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital

An engaging and diverse discussion on the importance of patents for early-stage ventures and raising capital.  

On November 16, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore and Startups-Ignite will present Innovation Defensibility and Venture Capital. This event will be hosted at 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190.

Area patent attorneys and investors will discuss the importance of Patents in early stage ventures. This very interesting and diverse discussion will focus on issues such as:

 Patent portfolio strategy (how to prioritize in view of limited resources)

Expedited examination under USPTO Track-1 program (helpful to obtain patents faster, in preparation for investment rounds)

Foreign filing – do you need it? How to decide which countries?

IP ownership issues

Freedom-to-operate (how/when to analyze competitor IP)

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Tech. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

Agenda
• Nov 16th 6:00 pm – Networking / Registration
• Nov 16th 6:30 pm – Community updates and appreciating
• Nov 16th 6:40 pm – Panel Discussion
• Nov 16th 7:20 pm – Founder’s recent journey

 

Be Part of the Future of Tech: Join us!

Dear Friends of MIT Enterprise Forum DC-Baltimore,

Matthew Falls – President

It was nice to meet all of you at our event, Artificial Intelligence:Getting Down to the Binary at 1776 in Crystal City last week.

Co-hosted with Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section, we had a terrific turnout of the audience and impressive presentations featuring David A. Bray, Ph.D., JT Kostman, Ph.D., and Dipto Chakravarty, who shared with us unique perspectives about the exponential growth in technology, potential social impact from AI, and perspectives from venture capitalists.

Since 1981, the MIT Enterprise Forum (MITEF) has stimulated local economies through innovation, entrepreneurship, and fostering a special community.

This community is composed of game-changers, thought-leaders, futurists, entrepreneurs, and above all, members like you who are equipped with endless curiosity and the drive to be impactful. As a Forum, we strive our best to help you to explore big ideas, discuss the impact and connect to the thought leaders by programs and event hosting.

If you find our events valuable, join us in the upcoming ones and refer us to your network. Our open membership seats are limited. Secure yours today.

 

 

 

See Into the Future of Tech: Artificial Intelligence

See into the future of tech.

Explore big ideas, discuss the impact and rise of emerging technologies. Get involved, connect, and expand your digital horizon to see what’s around the bend.

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Access a network of visionaries paving the future of Artificial Intelligence. Open seats for this event are limited. Secure yours today.

 

Artificial Intelligence: Meet Our Speakers

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development, Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary. This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

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It’s nearly impossible to tune into the business news without hearing about Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Companies that are increasingly reducing costs, reaching more customers, and replacing employees with algorithms and robots.

Businesses are scrambling to take advantage of the opportunities that will come from the increased efficiencies, capabilities, and opportunities occasioned by artificial intelligence. (AI) From healthcare to social welfare; from education to advertising; and from manufacturing to financial services, AI is poised to change the world as we stand at the brink of what is being referred to as The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Experts like Dr. David Bray, and Dr. JT Kostman will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development.

Dr. JT Kostman

JT Kostman has been recognized by his peers and the press as one of the world’s leading Data Strategists. Over the past 20+ years, he has led international teams of 100+ professionals while serving as a senior advisor to CEOs and CMOs of Fortune 500 companies, Senior Executives in U.S. Intelligence, Security and Defense Agencies, and President Barack Obama.

Dr. Kostman is a pioneer in the field of Behavioral Data Science; a new discipline focused on understanding, predicting and influencing individual and group behaviors through the mathematical analysis of Big Data. His work incorporates cutting-edge capabilities from Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Natural Language Processing, and Social Network Analysis.

Dr. David Bray

Dr. Bray was also named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for 2016-2021. He also accepted a role of Co-Chair for an IEEE Committee focused on Artificial Intelligence, automated systems, and innovative policies globally for 2016-2017 and has been serving as a Visiting Executive In-Residence at Harvard University since 2015 and was selected as an Eisenhower Fellow to Australia and Taiwan that same year.

He has led a team of positive ChangeAgents and received multiple leadership awards as the CIO for the Federal Communications Commission since August 2013. Dr. Bray holds a PhD from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and two post-doctoral associateships at MIT and Harvard in 2008.

 

 

Exploring Artificial Intelligence

On October 18, 2017 at 5:30pm, the MIT Enterprise Forum of DC and Baltimore, Arlington Economic Development,

Startups-Ignite, Stanford Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC and IEEE Society Washington Section will present:

Artificial Intelligence: Getting Down to the Binary

  • We’ve assembled a panel of leading AI Practitioners and Investors to better understand how AI will impact our lives;
  • Our panel will discuss real-world applications and implications of AI, the current gaps in technology AND where are the likely exploitable opportunities for innovation, investment and business development;
  • We have recruited the area’s foremost Venture Capitalists to discuss the most promising AI Technologies that are attracting investors;
    Members and guests will have the opportunity to network with the area’s experts in this emerging market;
  • Regulators and scientists will discuss the Government’s interest in AI, how it will shape policy, and the impact these world-changing technologies will have on all of us.

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This event will be hosted at 1776, 2231 Crystal Dr. #1000, 10th Floor, Arlington, VA 22202.

Agenda

5:30 – 6:15PM Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:15PM Dr. JT Kostman What Is Reality With AI?
7:15 – 8:00PM Dr. David Bray How Can Government Benefit From AI
8:00 – 8:50PM Panel Discussion What are the Most Promising AI Technologies Attracting Investors?
8:50 – 9:15PM Post Event Networking