Winning SBIR Grants & Update on the New I-Corps Node

January 15, 2015



$25 ($15 for Austin Chamber Members)

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Online payment with credit card using the link below is strongly encouraged. Don't worry- refunds are available if requested at least 48 hours in advance. Or, checks made payable to Texas State SBDC can be dropped off or mailed to:  

Texas State SBDC 
7719 Woodhollow Dr. (Whitney Building)
Suite 211
Austin, TX 78731

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Thursday January 15, 2015 2:00- 5:00 PM (Central)

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Austin Chamber
535 E. 5th St.
Austin 78701 (

Austin Chamber

The Austin Chamber is located in the Hilton Austin Hotel at 535 East 5th St. and the Chamber office entrance is on Fifth Street between Neches and Red River Streets. Upon entering, guests will access the Chamber office via a private elevator to the 3rd floor.


Public parking is available in the Convention Center parking garage at the corner of East 5th Street & Red River Street. Paid parking is available at the Hilton and limited street parking is available. 

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Questions about the session? Contact:

Donna Taylor
Texas State SBDC 

If you have promising, cutting edge technology, you should already know about a $2.3 BILLION dollar federal grant program called "SBIR".  Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are designed to accelerate your product development and commercialization without diluting the equity of your company. These grants are extremely competitive with only 16% of applications in 2013 being awarded. So how do you improve your chances of getting an award? You need to understand what the program managers are looking for and how to avoid the common mistakes made by other applicants.  

Lisa Kurek

Nationally recognized grant-writing trainer from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Lisa Kurek, will share her insight based on 15 years of experience helping entrepreneurs navigate the SBIR process. 

Lisa is Managing Partner of Biotechnology Business Consultants (BBC) and BBCetc, whose two primary areas of focus are in assisting technology companies in securing federal SBIR/STTR funding, and with commercialization and business planning for early stage life science companies. 


Heath Naquin, IC2 Program Manager, is also the Executive Director of the newly formed Southwest Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation Node funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will tell you what this "I-Corps Node" is and what it means for the innovation ecosystem in central Texas.


Austin Chamber
535 E. 5th St., Austin 78701
January 15, 2015

$25 (Chamber Members $15) 

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