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Intro to SBIR/STTR Funding | PTAC/TFG Webinar

Intro to SBIR/STTR Funding | PTAC/TFG Webinar

Thursday, October 29, 2020 10:00am to 11:00am

Tap into federal funding to conduct research and development on promising new innovations and technologies With $3 billion available annually, the SBIR/STTR programs are a source of seed capital for early stage companies.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide an opportunity for small businesses to tap into federal funding to conduct research and development on promising new innovations and technologies.

Join this webinar to learn how SBIR/STTR funding can serve as a pathway to equity financing by allowing businesses to demonstrate feasibility of new technologies and move toward commercialization.

Webinar Topics Include:

  • Overview of the SBIR and STTR programs
  • Qualifications and eligibility requirements for SBIR/STTR funding
  • How to determine if your innovation is a good fit for SBIR/STTR funding
  • How to search SBIR/STTR solicitations and topics
  • Grants versus Contracts
  • Difference between SBIR and STTR
  • Steps to preparing a SBIR/STTR proposal
  • Tips for increasing your success in securing SBIR/STTR funding


Gerry Barañano

Gerry co-founded Tech Futures Group and serves both as the director and an Entrepreneur in Residence for the organization. In his career, Gerry was VP of Marketing and Sales for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to startups. He was instrumental in selling a technology startup for over three billion dollars. As principal of his own company for fifteen years, Gerry provided clients with market-vetted go-to-market strategies to crack the U.S. market.

Charles Eason

Charles is a SBIR/STTR Specialist with the Norcal Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Tech Futures Group (TFG) and has been providing counseling and training on SBIR/STTR since 1995. In addition to providing training and counseling, Mr. Eason has direct experience with the SBIR/STTR program through his company, OPTEMA Development Corporation, which is a past National Science Foundation (NSF) Phase I, Phase II, and Phase IICC STTR award winner.

Co Hosted by Norcal PTAC and Tech Futures Group (SBDC)

Tech Futures Group (TFG) is a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program focusing exclusively on advising qualified technology clients located in the NorCal SBDC network coverage area. Funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the state of California allows TFG to pay its advisors and provide free services to its clients.

In collaboration with Northern CA SBDC

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