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Universities & Entrepreneurs: The Power of Partnerships - Part II

Texas A&M Matchmaker Workshop


Tuesday August 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM CDT
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Frost Bank Tower
401 Congress Avenue
11th Floor Conference Room
Austin, TX 78701

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Registration Fee:

Registration fee is $10 until August 15th and $15 after; must be paid in advance. Registration is required. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept walk-ins. Lunch and validated parking are included with registration.

Questions About the Texas A&M Technical Assistance Program?

Dale A. Cope, PhD
Director of Industry Assistance
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station

Andrea Burks
Program Assistant
Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station
979-458-7552, andeburks@tamu.edu

Questions About Event Logistics?

Donna Taylor (Event Coordinator)
Assistant Director, Training Development
Texas State SBDC
512-423-8450, drt54@txstate.edu 

Our February 2014 Spectrum program introduced five university commercialization programs that are actively seeking partnerships with entrepreneurs.  The August 2014 program will take a deeper dive into Texas A&M Engineering’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) and will also give you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Texas A&M Engineering experts about your needs to determine if your project qualifies for matching funds. Twenty qualified projects will receive matching funds. Only 30 seats are available for this unique matchmaking opportunity.  

August 26, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
& Lunch Available at 12:30
Frost Bank Tower
11th Floor Conference Room
401 Congress Avenue
Austin 78701

Registration Fee:
$10 before August 15th, $15 after
(Lunch & Validated Parking Included)
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Meet the Team from Texas A&M Engineering:
TAP TAP Speakers
TAP Program

TAP provides technical engineering expertise at a reduced cost to small businesses with less than 500 employees.  Matching funds are also available for 20 qualified projects on a first-come, first-serve basis. Examples of projects include:

  • UAV flight testing of an observation pod for precision agriculture use
  • Efficacy study for products used in wastewater treatment
  • Vibration isolation for neonatal transport units
  • Testing of a prototype design for a hydraulic turbine
  • Development of a virtual desktop device
  • Technical advancement of cellulose nanocomposites
  • Design of a pressure equalization device for buildings
  • Design and development of a universal thermal-electric power generator
  • Software development for a transportation services company
  • Development of avionics for UAVs for integration into the National Air Space
  • Development of portable instrumentation to test drinking water for fecal material
  • Study to improve an assembly kit process
  • Process improvements for manufacturing of large steel storage tanks
  • Proposal support for SBIR grants with NIH, USDA, DOT, DOE, and DOD

*Tax incentives are available for R&D activities undertaken with Texas A&M University (Texas House Bill 800).

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Common Misconceptions:

It's another information-only session with no takeaway.

Your time is valuable and we don't want to waste one second of it.  This is your chance to meet one-on-one with the TAP experts in charge of each of the programs so decisions can be made quickly about whether or not there's a match between your needs and their solutions.

Working with universities is too difficult.

Texas A&M  is the leader in Texas when it comes to streamlining the technology commercialization process; they WANT to work with entrepreneurs and have made the process as easy as possible.

It will take too long to figure out if my needs are a good match.

The funding is available and TAP experts are motivated to speed up the process as quickly as possible. The faster they get these special projects going, the faster small business owners can add jobs and grow the Texas economy.

I'm just a small business and can't afford expensive R&D.

Not only will the TAP experts guide you through the process of determining exactly what needs to be done and provide technical assistance at a significantly reduced price to make it happen, you will be able to take advantage of tax incentives to offset any R&D costs that are incurred. 

I have a great idea for an innovative product but the SBIR grant application process is beyond my capabilities.

Experts in SBIR grant funding are available to guide you through the entire application process and prepare you to make your pitch to the appropriate federal agency. Added bonus:  having a solid working relationship with a well-respected university is very appealing to the federal contracting officers who award the SBIR grants.




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The Texas State Small Business Development Center is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The support given by the SBA through such funding does not constitute an expressed or implied endorsement of any of the co–sponsors’ or participants’ opinions, findings, conclusions, recommendations, products, or services. A limited number of free and/or reduced price tickets may be available. All SBDC programs are nondiscriminatory and open to the public. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested at least two weeks in advance. Email: SBDC@txstate.edu, Phone: 512.610.0996.