October 19-21, 2020


SBIR Week in the Midwest: Missouri, America's Largest Seed Fund, October 19–21, 2020

SBIR Week in the Midwest connects entrepreneurs to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding - the SBIR/STTR programs.

2020 SBIR Week in the Midwest is a virtual, collaborative 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 $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.

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The Missouri virtual event, hosted by the Missouri Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), and will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,500 new awards annually and to meet virtually one-on-one with program decision-makers.

The Missouri SBDC can help you prepare for the week with additional training and one-on-one appointments. Check out upcoming activities to help with your SBIR Week preparations.

SBIR Week in the Midwest: Missouri registration includes access to:
(participants can attend any or all events on October 19 and 20)

Monday, October 19

9:00am-2:00pm – SBIR Week Primary Event: Live panels & presentations from FLC and USPTO

3:00pm-4:30pm – Early Stage Investor Panel – Sources and Challenges, Hosted by the Missouri SBDC and moderated by Jack Scatizzi, Executive Director of Missouri Technology Corporation

Sources of funding are critical to a startup's ability to progress through different stages of technology research, development and commercialization. Our panel of investors will cover a range of revenue/grant options related to all stages of their company's development, the advantages and consequences of each and factors that impact the best choices. Experts who have participated in non-dilutive funding, angel investing, and venture capital arenas will share their invaluable, “insider” knowledge

Tuesday, October 20

8:30am-10:00am – What it Takes to Win: SBIR Award Panel, Hosted by the Missouri SBDC and moderated by Harry Arader, BioGenerator

This panel will feature four Missouri-based SBIR-winning companies to share their stories of what worked and what didn’t work on their path to receiving SBIR funding. Join us to hear from these founders, each talking about SBIR awards from different agencies, and get first hand answers to all your questions.

10:15am-11:30am – Value Proposition Development & Presentation, Hosted by the Missouri SBDC

Wednesday, October 21
SBIR Program Representative one-on-one meetings with participating agency representatives. This is by scheduled appointment only. Registration required by October 15 at 9:00am CDT. Not all registrants may be eligible to schedule meetings. Limited appointments are available.

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Participating Agencies:

  • Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • DoD - Army SBIR
  • DoD - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • DoD - Defense Health Agency (DHA)
  • DoD - Defense Logistics Agency (DLA)
  • DoD - Department of the Navy (DON)
  • DoD - Joint Science and Technology Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JSTO-CBD)
  • DoD - Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • DoD – Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)
  • DoD - Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD SBIR)
  • DoD - U.S. Air Force (USAF)
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Education (DoED)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Registration Instructions

Registration deadline is October 15, 2020 at 9:00am. Registered participants will receive additional emails from judy@sbirroadtour.com including a registration confirmation within two-weeks of registering with the Missouri SBDC. Add this email address as a safe sender. If emails are not coming through to your inbox please check your Spam/Junk folders. If you do not receive a unique link within two weeks of registration, you may contact judy@sbirroadtour.com directly.

One-on-One Virtual Meetings: Once registered for SBIR Week in the Midwest: Missouri, registrants will receive a unique link allowing direct access to the scheduler system to select their meeting times. Each registrant can select up to four meetings per company.

Secure your spot by registering here!


SBIR/STTR Resources & Tutorials


Prepare for SBIR Week with these Events

SBIR Quad Chart Workshops - Dates: October 5, October 8, and October 12 (need only attend one)
Register here OR Check out the recording
In order to schedule your one on one meetings with SBIR/STTR personnel participating in SBIR Week in the Midwest, you must have a completed Quad Chart submitted to discuss with the program managers. Not sure what a Quad Chart is? Or how to develop yours? This workshop will help you prepare your Quad Chart and answer questions about how best to highlight both your technology and the business.


About the Missouri SBDC:
The Missouri Small Business Development Centers are here to serve entrepreneurs and help business owners make confident decisions. The Missouri SBDC counseling, coaching, and training make it easier for Missouri business owners to reach their potential. Whether currently in operation or just starting out, the SBDC has the right tools, resources, and expertise to help you accomplish your goals. The Missouri SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and is a partner of the University of Missouri Extension.


About the SBIR/STTR Program:
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive United States Government non-dilutive funding source, coordinated by the Small Business Administration. It is intended to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development (R&D). Funding takes the form of contracts or grants and the awardee projects must have the potential for commercialization while meeting specific U.S. Government R&D requirements.

The SBIR/STTR programs include over 4,000 new awards per year. These awards have helped U.S. innovators advance new technologies and have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs.