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SBIR/STTR FUNDING FOR WOMEN AND WOMEN-OWNED SMALL COMPANIES – ISU Research Park, 2710 South Loop Drive, Ames, IA 50010

Join Iowa Innovation Corporation for a Women and Women-Owned Small Firm Workshop focused on Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR).

The federal government sets aside some $3 Billion annually to fund the early-stage development of new high-tech ideas being pursued by the nation’s most-innovative small firms. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are focused on funding high-risk, high-payoff projects that have significant commercial potential.

This unique small business funding via “The Nation’s Seed Fund” is an important and unique opportunity for women inventors and entrepreneurs and the nation’s women-owned companies. Now more than ever before, women have the academic/technical and business backgrounds that are essential to successfully competing for these federal funds.

This 4-hour basic introduction and Q&A session will provide a high-level overview of these important programs that fund early-stage R&D projects for small businesses, with a special focus on participation by women. This session will set the stage for follow-on training sessions designed to help prepare Iowa participants to compete effectively in the programs.

Speakers: Catherine Henry, Founder of Grow Emerging Companies LLC, a woman-owned company that is nationally known for its expertise and outstanding success in the SBIR/STTR programs. She has been involved in the SBIR/STTR program since the 1990’s. Anne Price is the manager for the SBIR/STTR support programs sponsored by the Iowa Innovation Corporation. Anne provides a broad range of training and support services for Iowa’s innovative small firms as they compete in the SBIR/STTR programs. The IIC program is one of the strongest and most-comprehensive in the nation.