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SBIR/STTR: Federal Funding for Your Innovative Idea – Rural Innovation Series

February 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Find out how the government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can provide a source of R&D funding between the initial development of your innovative idea and proof that it has potential in the marketplace. The two programs make over $4 billion in high-risk, non-dilutive capital available to innovative small companies annually!

Join our expert in the virtual session to learn what it takes to participate and be competitive in the programs. This training is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development and provides the tools to help begin the process.

We’ll review:
-Eligibility requirements
– Participating agencies
– The differences between SBIR and STTR
– How SBIR/STTR works with other funding
– Common misconceptions and more!

Who should attend:

– Companies from startups up to those with 500 employees who do early-stage technical R&D
– Academics who want to commercialize their technologies
– Companies who are seeking early stage, non-dilutive funding for research work

About BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

BBCetc is nationally recognized for its success in helping emerging companies win SBIR/STTR funding
and use it strategically to propel growth. BBCetc’s Michigan clients have been awarded over $390 million in funding since 2002. The company was recently named a 2020 Tibbetts award winner as well as one of 50 “Michigan companies to watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

BBCetc Senior Principal Consultant, Jerry Hollister

Jerry Hollister joined the BBCetc in 2017 with 30 years of leadership experience in government, higher education, non-profit and for-profit enterprises. After earning an engineering degree from the University of Michigan, he served as commissioned Naval Officer in the Civil Engineer Corps and a warranted Contracting Officer for the Department of Defense. Prior to joining BBCetc, Jerry was Chief Operating Officer for Michigan-based Niowave, a developer of superconducting electron accelerators, where he worked to build the successful start-up company from 2008-17. Jerry was instrumental in Niowave receiving over 45 SBIR awards. Niowave was named the SBIR/STTR Small Business of the Year by the Department of Energy and, in 2016, was honored with the SBA’s Tibbetts Award, which recognizes the best in SBIR achievement. Before joining Niowave, Jerry served in a number of non-profit and educational roles following his honorable discharge from the Navy.


February 21, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Virtual Workshop


Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center