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NMSU’s Arrowhead Center to host Department of Defense Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit in Albuquerque

This year’s Department of Defense Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit, hosted by the New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership program at New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.


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Douglas Marker, right, of Program Executive Office (PEO) Integrated Warfare Systems (IWS) conducts a one-on-one session with Innovation Summit attendees. (Courtesy photo)

The event has expanded to include additional satellite locations, more federal presence, including NAVAIR and SPAWAR in addition to NAVSEA, Air Force, Federal Lab Consortium and additional agencies that have overlapping programmatic needs. The event will also feature more one-on-one sessions from multiple agencies and will include legislative presence. The low-cost, high-value event is just $35, with registration available at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innovationsummit.

Last year, the inaugural Department of Defense Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit brought together 130 individuals seeking to drive innovation through SBIR/STTR programs, and the event was live-streamed to an additional eight satellite locations in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Nebraska, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. The event, which was hosted by NM FAST, supported participation of more than 300 individuals via the main event and satellites. In addition, 80 one-on-one sessions gave small businesses a chance to sit down with decision makers to describe their innovations and find funding opportunities.

This year’s summit will feature a keynote highlighting innovation and panels that will address working with industry, follow-on funding, and tips and tricks for putting together an SBIR or STTR proposal package. In the “working with industry” panel, leaders from prime contractors and small businesses will discuss the value of subcontracting/contracting, how to approach their organizations to capture these opportunities and how their organizations can help increase businesses’ innovative capital. In the “follow-on funding” panel, attendees will hear directly from funding organizations on how to identify and navigate commercialization opportunities, leverage SBIR projects and secure additional capital. For “tips and tricks,” panelists will speak on resources available for navigating proposal development and submission, so that attendees may become part of the 15-20 percent of SBIR/STTR applications awarded annually. The one-on-one sessions that were a highlight of last year’s summit will also be featured this year, with expanded involvement from additional agencies and program managers.

“The opportunity to meet with SBIR program managers is invaluable,” said Dana Catron, program manager of NM FAST. “This year, we’ll have representatives from multiple agencies, broadening the pool of expertise our attendees have access to. Meeting with a program manager can help validate a small businesses’ technology prior to submitting a full proposal.”

National presenters will offer valuable insight on all aspects of technology transfer in the SBIR program, including:

– Craig Owens, who serves as the Program Manager for the SBIR program at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, where he has 27-plus years of experience. He is based out of Ft. Worth, Texas. He also supports Lockheed Martin Aeronautics sites at Marietta, Ga., and Palmdale, Calif.

– John M. Garcia, the district director of the U.S. SBA New Mexico District Office. Garcia is responsible for the statewide delivery of SBA programs and services to the state’s 33 counties. He is both an experienced small business owner and public servant and has earned high acclaim for his achievements as a veteran advocate and small business champion at the city, state, and national levels.

– Jennifer Stewart, who serves as the far West regional coordinator for the Federal Labs Consortium and a representative of the Office of Research and Technology Applications for Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division. Stewart acts as a broker, connecting Corona Division’s scientists and engineers with academia and industry for technology transfer.

– Rick Shindell, president of Zyn Systems, is a long-time SBIR and federal technology transfer advocate. He has been awarded lifetime achievement awards for his work from both the Small Business Administration and the Small Business Technology Council.

A complete list of speakers and additional bios are available at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innovationsummit.

The afternoon will have dedicated time for presentations on upcoming NAVSEA, NAVAIR, SPAWAR, and Air Force SBIR topics and address how innovative ideas or capabilities – either technology or services – can be delivered to the Department of Defense. Agency representatives include Richard McNamara of NAVSEA HQ/DIR, Douglas Market of PEO IWS, Emily Novak of Team Ships, Daniel Goodwin of PEO Carriers, Patrick Tyler of PEO SUBS, Shreyansh Shah of PEO USC, Shardi Azoum of SPAWAR and Gabe Mounce of AFRL.

A closing event reception will provide additional networking opportunities in an informal setting to forge connections between industry partners, government and small business.

“We are excited to host this one-of-a-kind event for the second year. The Innovation Summit supports innovators in our state and contributes to an expanding ecosystem of which federal, academic, and small business partnerships are key,” said Kathy Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center at NMSU.

To book rooms at a discounted $94 rate with Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, the event’s premier sponsor hotel, visit https://bit.ly/2DfAjH3 by November 20th.

Additional event sponsors include Wildflower International, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the New Mexico Economic Development Department and the Albuquerque Economic Development Department.

The NM FAST program is supported by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration.