Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference Returns to Washington, D.C. June 16-18

April 15, 2014 01:00 PM EST By: Jennifer Rocha

Co-located with the National Innovation Summit and TechConnect World Conference, the Spring National Conference is the largest gathering of federal funding agencies, industry leaders, and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees.

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference will take place June 16-18, at the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center at Washington DC-National Harbor. The conference provides entrepreneurs, universities, and businesses with important information about competing for SBIR/STTR grants and contracts, which amount to approximately $2.5 billion in available funding each year. Attendees can meet one-on-one with federal program managers; hear from industry-vetted SBIR funded innovators; and learn successful commercialization strategies through business and government experts.

Within the TechConnect-National Innovation Showcase Hall, an SBIR Pavilion will feature more than 20 federal agencies including: Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Standards and Technology, NASA, and many more. The TechConnect-National Innovation Showcase Hall also includes more than 150 exhibitors representing F500 companies, SBIR-funded companies, university tech transfer offices, and federal labs.

Now in its 16th year, the TechConnect World-National Innovation Summit is the largest annual innovation conference and showcase for innovators, technology business developers, and investors in North America. Co-located with the Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference, all conferences will take place June 15-18, 2014, just outside Washington, D.C. at the Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.

"This is a great matchmaking forum for investors and corporate players to connect with small high tech firms focused on commercializing their inventions," says Javier Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment & Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration. "American small business innovation sets the bar worldwide. Access to early-stage funds is critical for small businesses to successfully navigate the lab-to-market path, create jobs and continue driving our nation's competitiveness."

The National SBIR/STTR Conference, TechConnect World, and National Innovation Summit will attract more than 3,000 attendees from 70+ countries to the nation's capital. It is a not-to-miss event for entrepreneurs, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

Registration for all events is now open. Early bird registration rate ends April 18, 2014.

To learn more about the Spring National SBIR/STTR Conference, visit:


To learn more about TechConnect National Innovation Summit, visit: www.nationalinnovationsummit.com.

Media Contact: Jennifer Rocha, TechConnect, 774-249-8514


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