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National SBIR/STTR Spring Conference

At this conference you will learn about key facets of the federal SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) programs, and how the programs fit within the innovation ecosystem.  

Conference Website


Wisconsin Department of Commerce, DesignConcepts, 
Lockheed Martin Corporation, AgriBank.
Complete list of Sponsors.

Conference highlights include:

  • Meet one-on-one with federal program managers
  • Hear from government, industry and academic experts on successful commercialization strategies
  • Learn how to successfully submit competitive research proposals
  • Learn about cutting-edge technology opportunities in defense, agriculture, energy, health and more
  • Use our networking and meeting scheduling software to pre-schedule meetings with attendees including federal program managers, technology entrepreneurs, large company representatives, and researchers
  • Attend pre- and post conference sessions on SBIR 101, licensing and commercialization, and biofuels

Complete AGENDA in PDF format.

Cathy Cohn, SBIR Program Director
NIST Technology Partnerships Office

Cathy will conduct two presentations on the NIST SBIR program opportunities.

Mary Clague, SBIR Administrator
NIST Technology Partnerships Office

Conference Shuttle

A small shuttle will run between The Lowell Center, The Hyatt, and The Concourse hotels each morning and at the end of each conference day for attendees who can't walk.. The shuttle is not wheelchair accessible. If you require accessible transportation or other accommodations, contact Deb Curry at (608) 890-1309, 711 for Wisconsin Relay (TDD), or

Additional Information on Lodging, Travel and Venue.

Created March 31, 2011, Updated May 13, 2016