University Park, PA

Thursday, September 19

Organization Host:Penn State View Event Agenda

Location:HUB-Robeson Center Pollock Rd. University Park, PA 16802

Contact Information:
Kelly Driftmier Program Manager, Penn State Conferences and Institutes (814) 865-9202

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Sbirroadtour.comThe SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced

The SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort 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 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.

In all, SBIR/STTR has provided more than 6,400 awards in Pennsylvania, totaling more than $2 billion. 

Each SBIR Road Tour stop, hosted by a local organization, will provide
attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating
federal agency program managers that administer over 5,000 new
awards annually and to meet one-on-one with program decision

In communities where SBIR/STTR are historically under-utilized, local
innovation supporters are stepping up. They are inviting representatives
of America’s Largest Seed Fund to engage the small advanced technology
community, including women and minority owned research and development
businesses. Every SBIR Road Tour stop represents a coveted opportunity
to meet directly with Federal and State Program Managers who seed a wide spectrum of innovative ideas, while learning about your state sponsored innovation support infrastructure.



Event Details

The event at University Park will feature morning programming that includes 1:1 sessions where
small businesses will have the opportunity to meet with government program managers about
SBIR/STTR funding. There will also be informational sessions hosted by the agencies to address
eligibility, funding details, and “how to” information.

The afternoon will feature programming specific to the Centre County region, including sessions
hosted by Penn State and community organizations who can assist with alternative funding for
small businesses or have successfully received SBIR/STTR funding. Afternoon events will be
hosted by organizations including, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Penn State SBDC, Penn
State Law & IP Clinic, Penn State Office of Technology Management (OTM), the Corporate
Engagement Center (CEC) and others.