Thank you to everyone who attended the SBIR Road Tour on May 22 in downtown Des Moines. The event was a valuable opportunity for local tech entrepreneurs to meet with federal program managers from a wide range of agencies.
The afternoon success panel presented by IICorp also highlighted some practical advice for companies looking to apply for federal grants.
“Start early, at least three or more months ahead of the deadline. Get big companies to back your idea in letters of support,” was the key piece of advice that Dr. Natalia Rogovska from N-Sense, offered to the audience.
Dr. Christopher Whitmer’s company Parametric Studio won a number of SBIR awards and echoed some of the other panelists’ advice, “Get letters of support that demonstrate the validity of your idea. Get a professional graphic designer to do your proposal.”
Attendees who would like a copy of the full SBA presentation can download the pdf here.