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NMSU-based NM FAST, City of Albuquerque to host inaugural Navy innovation summit

The New Mexico Federal and State Technology Partnership Program (NM FAST), which provides free assistance to New Mexico small business who are applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding, will host the inaugural Department of Defense (DoD) Navy SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit (Summit). The summit, which will take place Dec. 13 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, is an exclusive opportunity to engage directly with Naval decision makers who are looking for innovative solutions.


The NM FAST program is housed at Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University. The event will facilitate ground-floor access to Navy NAVSEA and NAVAIR program managers. The SBIR and STTR programs are selective programs that provide support for national small businesses to commercialize federal innovation through funding and partnerships with industry. Registration is $35 and may be submitted at https://navyinnovationsummit2017.eventbrite.com.

The summit will feature powerhouse speakers addressing the annual $350 million in non-dilutive funds made available to innovators by the Navy every year. Robert Smith, director of the Department of Navy’s SBIR/STTR programs, will deliver the keynote address, speaking about how these programs contribute to and drive the future of the DoD’s Warfighter and asset capabilities.

During the Summit’s morning session, attendees can expect informative panels that will touch on topics of interest to small businesses applying for, or managing, SBIR and STTR grants and contracts. Detailed information on panel topics is available at http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innovationsummit/.

The lunch session will feature local organizations delivering “rapid fire pitches” that summarize the services and resources available to SBIR and STTR applicants and awardees. The final session, held in the afternoon, will feature multiple Navy program managers speaking on the recently released SBIR/STTR topics. Private one-on-one sessions with Navy program managers will be available all day, granting companies invaluable, private face time with SBIR/ STTR decision-makers.

The afternoon session will be dedicated to the Navy SBIR/STTR topics that are set to release on Nov. 29. Navy program managers will present on their SBIR/ STTR topics and funding priorities for the upcoming cycle.

“This event provides unprecedented access to multiple Navy program managers who are flying in from Washington, D.C.,” said Dana Catron, program manager for NM FAST. “With the pre-release of DoD’s SBIR/STTR topics, which will occur two weeks prior to the Summit, small businesses will have the opportunity to learn the key factors necessary in creating a strong proposal package. Our goal is to provide small businesses with the tools and resources they need to submit winning proposals, ultimately driving innovation and growth in our state.”

The summit expects to draw attendance from regional enterprises and organizations that benefit from the $28 million in SBIR/STTR funds awarded to New Mexico, including technology and service companies, corporations, universities, and laboratories, along with interested parties from nearby states. Attendance is expected to reach 150 to 200 people, with more than 200 additional attendees joining via webinar from satellite locations in Seattle, Honolulu, Omaha, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, Phoenix, Portland and Wichita.

“The SBIR program is a great way to sustain a small company while developing innovative ideas into products,” said Wish Krishnamoorthy, entrepreneurial adviser for NM FAST. “Many companies in New Mexico, including Qynergy, have used this program to promote their ideas into viable products.”

The event is sponsored by Arrowhead Center at NMSU and the City of Albuquerque. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For information on how your organization can benefit from partnering with this elite, one-of-a-kind event, contact Catron at 505-469-8411 or dderego@ad.nmsu.edu.