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Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Informational Session

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The Accelerator assists Minnesota-based small businesses to prepare and submit quality proposals to seek SBIR/STTR investments.

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The informational session is an investment of one hour to evaluate and assess whether your firm is ready to participate in the DOD SBIR/STTR Programs for this round of funding.

MINNESOTA FIRMS ONLY: The DOD has the largest budget of all of the agencies participating in the SBIR/STTR programs. With ~$1.8B each fiscal year, the DOD is focused on technologies and solutions to meet national security needs and the multitude of needs by the warfighter to accomplish its missions.

Broad Agency Announcements (solicitations) SBIR 21.2 and STTR 21.B will be released on or about April 21, 2021. Link to the topics: https://www.dodsbirsttr.mil/submissions/login

The topics offered by the various DOD components will list the reserch topics based on mission requirements to seek innovative solutions from small businesses. The budgets, funding levels, and processes vary among the DOD components (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, DARPA, etc.).

The objectives of the DoD SBIR/STTR programs include stimulating technological innovation, strengthening the role of small business in meeting DoD research and development needs, fostering and encouraging participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation, and increasing the commercial application of DoD-supported research or research and development results.

The time and effort to prepare and submit a proposal is between 150-200 hours.

The informational session is an investment of one hour to evaluate and assess whether your firm is ready to participate in the DOD SBIR/STTR Programs for this round of funding.

PRESENTER:

Pat Dillon, MBA, Founder and Director, MNSBIR Accelerator

Pat Dillon is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of MNSBIR and its services to startups and small businesses in Minnesota. Pat has more than 28 years of knowledge, experience and relationships in the programs to bring immediate value to startups and existing firms starting on this journey. Pat has advised more than 1,000 companies since 1994 in their efforts to win federal SBIR/STTR funding.

Pat is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious SBA Tibbetts Award; a national award for excellence in the SBIR/STTR Programs. Pat is also a 2001 recipient of the City Business’ 25 Most Innovative Woman Award (now the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal). Pat has served as a commercialization plan reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Energy.

Pat is a retired United States Navy Commander with 40 years of service. both active and reserve, with service in the aviation and intelligence communities. Pat is a combat veteran having served 10 months in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pat earned an MBA and a BS in Business Administration from Winona State University, Winona, MN.

Sponsors: The Accelerator is funded in part through a Federal and State Technology Partnership Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; the University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization, and the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, the Mayo Clinic, Office of Entrepreneurship and hosted by the Minnesota Technology Association.


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