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Wed. March 25 | 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
3440 S. Dearborn, Atrium Level, Chicago

Workshop Overview

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide qualified small businesses with opportunities to propose innovative projects that meet specific federal needs. These programs offer more than $2 billion annually to support the research and development of technology by small businesses across the nation. Federal agencies set aside a portion of their extramural R&D budgets to be awarded to small businesses.  Entrepreneurs can get anywhere from $150,000 to $1 million in capital to determine a technology’s feasibility and develop a prototype. 

In this free workshop, you will learn the ins and outs of the application process and tips to make your application stand out and get a better score. Open to all startups who want to succeed in securing an SBIR / STTR grant.

Our Workshop Leader

David KellnerDave Kellner is the CEO of Cogent Innovations, and provides help with funding early stage companies. Dave has secured funding from sources including USAF, USMC, Army, EPA, NIH, NSF, DOT, Indiana DHS, and DOE. He has managed all aspects of these programs from technical work, to reporting and invoicing to Phase II applications, and auditing. He previously served as the CEO for Caviton, and as V.P. of Engineering for ANDalyze. At ANDalyze Dave was an inventor on two patents, and developed an instrument from concept to production to international sales. Dave is a seasoned entrepreneur, start-up company executive and consultant. He is experienced at forming companies based on scientific research conducted at universities as well as in the private sector. He has 14 years of experience negotiating licenses and securing/managing over $3.7M in government and corporate grants and contracts. He has a history of taking a technology from the lab to market. Dave is also a veteran at working with venture capitalists and angels and an accomplished public speaker on technology development and business growth. Cogent Innovations has helped University of Illinois Research Park tenants to secure close to $10 million in funding over the past 3 years.

  • Light breakfast and lunch included
  • Check-in and breakfast at 7:30 | Program begins promptly at 8:15
  • Workshop limited to the first 80 registrants
  • Get directions, public transit and parking information here

by emailing your full name, company name and contact information to:
Catherine Vorwald
Associate Vice President, Illinois Institute of Technology
Director, University Technology Park & IIT Rental Properties

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the University of Illinois EDA University Center for incubator peer support in Illinois, along with a generous gift from Chase Bank.

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