Omaha, Nebraska – The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) and its Innovation and Technology Commercialization program present two series for entrepreneurs with innovations that serve agricultural sectors and support rural development as well as for those that serve the needs of the Department of Defense (DoD).
The Science, Agriculture and Energy (SAgE) series builds upon a group of webinars delivered in 2020, says NBDC Technology Commercialization Director Josh Nichol-Caddy. This summer’s sessions will present specific topics, highlighting information and guidance regarding the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) application processes for the USDA, Department of Energy, and/or the National Science Foundation (NSF).
A similar Defense Innovation series will present detailed instruction on identifying relevant solicitations and preparing proposals to meet the requirements of the DoD.
Nichol-Caddy says the two series are among NBDC’s many confidential advisory services for researchers, entrepreneurs and established businesses with technology they seek to commercialize. Market research, business plan development and applications for funding opportunities are some of the services available at no cost through the NBDC’s statewide network.
The NBDC also offers an online course with weekly assignments to help develop SBIR/STTR submissions and meet deadlines. Interested persons may contact Nichol-Caddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) to learn more.
The 2021 SAgE series will include:
June 15, SBIR/STTR 101 with USDA Program Manager
June 22, SBIR/STTR 101 for National Science Foundation Applicants
July 8, Identifying Solicitations and How to Develop a Quad Chart
July 15, OnRamp Agriculture Conference
July 20, Nebraska Resources 101: NeDED Innovation Programs
July 27, Virtual One-on-One Meetings with USDA and NSF Program Managers
August 10, How to Register in SAM.gov
August 20, The Ag Innovation Challenge by Farm Bureau
August 25, Developing your SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plan
Sept 15, “Cuss and Discuss” virtual interaction with others planning to submit SBIR/STTR proposals to the USDA or NSF who share their challenges and successes.
The Defense Innovation series:
June 8, Proposal Prep Workshop
June 23, Developing your SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plan
July 14, “Cuss and Discuss” virtual interaction with others planning to submit SBIR/STTR proposals to the USDA or NSF who share their challenges and successes.
Nichol-Caddy says the “Cuss and Discuss” sessions will go beyond the “nuts and bolts” of the informational sessions to bring together entrepreneurs willing to swap experiences and offer encouragement. “It’s a great way to learn that the challenges you have been going through aren’t yours alone,” he says.
For detailed information about the two series or to register for any of the webinars and workshops, visit the Innovation and Technology Commercialization program pages on the NBDC website, www.unomaha.edu/nebraska-business-development-center/
The Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC) helps Nebraska businesses start, grow and develop, by strengthening Nebraska businesses for a healthy economy and prosperous communities. NBDC is a University of Nebraska at Omaha center that provides confidential consulting business development services across Nebraska to entrepreneurs and business owners for the life cycle of their business. NBDC partners with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Wayne State College, and Chadron State College to deliver its services statewide. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (EDA), and other federal, state and private organizations support NBDC. Visit nbdc.unomaha.edu for more information.
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