FORT WALTON BEACH, FL – MAY 4, 2017 – SBIR/STTR TRANSITION WORKSHOP HELPS SMALL BUSINESS CONNECT AND COMMERCIALIZE AF TECHNOLOGY
Supported in part by a Florida Defense Support Task Force grant, Defensewerx and Air Force Research Lab Munitions Directorate held a SBIR/STTR Transition Workshop April 4th & 5th, 2017 at Defensewerx’s Fort Walton Beach, Florida facility.
The purpose of the workshop was to facilitate technology insertion into Air Force acquisition programs and increase private sector commercialization of Air Force research and development (R&D) performed under the SBIR/STTR program. Phase I and Phase II Air Force SBIR/STTR awardees were provided with practical advice, tools and resources for technology transition. In addition, four successful SBIR/STTR companies shared their program experiences.
The workshop was very successful in connecting small business with knowledge, resources, tools – and customers – previously unknown to them. One presenting company is pursuing collaboration with Miltech on a cost reduction project for their product. Another is being introduced to a large company that is interested in their technology/product.
“I’ve been to a lot of these SBIR training events and this is by far the best one I’ve ever attended.” – Workshop Participant
Presentation Topics and Slides
Taking the Next Step: Phase I to Phase II, Becky Airstrup, BBC Entrepreneurial Training
Commercialization Acceleration Program (CAP), Jim Heitner, Wright Brothers Institute
Basics of SBIR/STTR Commercialization Readiness Program (CRP), Christine Villa, BRTRC
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA), Lynn Zanow, AFRL Munitions Directorate
Bridge Financing, Gerry Goldstein, Florida SBDC
Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Overview, Paul Ret, AFLCMC
Manufacturing for Transition, Chris Hergett, Miltech Manufacturing
Aerospace Prime Collaborators, Matthew Johnson, Lockheed Martin Missiles & Fire Control
SBIR/STTR Success Story Companies
Corporate sponsorship for the event was provided by Gulf Power and Power South Energy Cooperative.