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SBIR/STTR Workshop and Program Essentials for DOE, DOD and NSF

TDC Workshop
Michael Kurek, Ph.D., Partner, BBCetc
August 20, 2014 9:00AM to August 21, 2014 5:00PM
Building 240, Room 1416
The Technology Development and Commercialization (TDC) Division presents "SBIR/STTR Workshop and Program Essentials for DOE, DOD and NSF" Wednesday, August 20, through Thursday, August 21, 2014 at the Bldg. 240 TCS Conference Center, Room 1416.

The event is free, but registration is required. Register to attend »

Coffee, continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Wed., August 20: Day 1

  • Morning: SBIR/STTR Program Introduction and Overview
  • Afternoon: DOE Focus

Thu., August 21: Day 2

  • Morning: DOD Focus
  • Afternoon: NSF Focus


The government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs make over $2.6 billion in high-risk capital available to innovative small companies annually.

Join SBIR/STTR expert, Michael Kurek, Ph.D., Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, and learn about this compelling source of non-dilutive funding. During this two-day course Michael will cover SBIR/STTR program basics including history, goals, participating agencies, eligibility, etc., and then delve into the specific SBIR/STTR programs at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Agency-specific sessions will cover the distinguishing features and technology areas addressed by each of the three agencies as well as proposal preparation basics, and descriptions of their review and award processes. Michael will also discuss the importance of commercialization potential and the development of a sound business strategy.

About the Presenter

Michael Kurek, Ph.D., Partner, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc)

Michael Kurek has held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies—two of which completed successful initial public stock offerings on the NASDAQ exchange. He was also Vice President of Business Development for the Michigan Center for High Technology, where he was responsible for the business incubator program that served over 50 start-up technology companies.

Over his 30-year career, Michael has demonstrated success on an international scale in defining new product opportunities, developing sales and marketing strategies, and recruiting and managing teams to deliver growth. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University. He joined BBC in 2001.

About BBCetc

BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting, LLC (BBCetc) works with technology-based entrepreneurs and companies on strategies to advance R&D efforts to commercialization. In particular, the BBCetc team is nationally recognized for its success in helping clients secure federal funding through the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

BBCetc services include commercialization planning, research grant assistance, SBIR/STTR training and proposal development assistance, and grants and contract management. With expertise in all 11 participating federal agencies, BBCetc has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and coached hundreds one-on-one in how to prepare compelling SBIR/STTR proposals and how to integrate SBIR/STTR funding into their overall funding strategy.