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Workshops, Trainings, and Conferences

Market Research & Customer Discovery

Most companies fail not because the product doesn’t work, but because customers do not want a company’s product or service.

We've partnered with UW's College of Engineering and Applied Science to offer this webinar to provide the tools you need to identity a problem or market need, identify the different types of markets and help you understand who are your customers, what are their needs so you can develop products to meet them. Learn how you can use a customer-centric approach to validate your assumptions about product-market fit.

Presented By: Peter Scott is the Entrepreneur is Residence in the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He brings to UW over 30 years in industry and academia working with entrepreneurs and technology companies. Most recently Peter was the founder of a baseball analytics company that provides digital coaching for analog baseball players. His previous experience includes advising 25+ technology start-ups in strategy, marketing/sales, finance and securing commitments of over $10 million of investment. These companies have been in varying markets from solar, to wind turbines, fuel injection, engine controls, consumer products, and medical devices. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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Navagating and Using beta.sam

Completing the registrations necessary to contract with the government can be a difficult process for first timers. On top of all that, the federal government recently changed their registration process.

Luckily, there’s help available to walk you through the registration process step by step.

This webinar will be a show and tell webinar on how to use beta.sam to find government opportunities, awards, and events on the system. This website, beta.sam, replaced the official government point of entry, FBO.gov in November last year.

Presented By: Andi Lewis is the WY Procurement Technical Assistance Center Program Manager. She has been doing PTAC work for 10 years. She was a LT in the Naval Reserves and has worked for large defense contractors. She has a Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science from the University of California at Davis. A UW graduate, she owns and operates a boarding stable with her husband in Laramie.

Access the recording:  https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/events/navigating-and-using-beta-sam/

 

How Will You Make Money - Finding the Right Business Model and Value

We've partnered with the UW College of Business for this webinar. It will focus on two key tools: the business model template and the value proposition. An organization’s business model is a management tool to help existing and startup companies map how they will make money. This one-page tool allows you to focus and clarify the nine key segments of the business model including the value proposition.

Presented By: Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Matthew Fox joined the University of Wyoming’s College of Business in the Department of Management and Marketing as part of a cluster hire to boost entrepreneurship education. Fox earned his Ph.D. from Duke University, his MBA from the University of Nevada and his B.A. from Colorado College. Prior to coming to UW, he served as an Assistant Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of South Dakota’s Beacom School of Business, where he worked closely with economic development professionals, high-tech companies, and faculty in the sciences to secure over $6 million in grants to move innovations to market and develop the skilled workforce needed to commercially manufacture products.

Access the recording: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/events/how-will-you-make-money-finding-the-right-business-model-and-value-proposition/

 

How to Pitch Your Ideas to Investors

Every startup needs capital (money) to launch. Some companies will need to raise money from other people whether friends or investors. 

We've partnered with UW's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences to bring you this webinar to help you craft your story and your pitch to pursue that capital.

Presented By: Peter Scott is the Entrepreneur is Residence in the University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He brings to UW over 30 years in industry and academia working with entrepreneurs and technology companies. Most recently Peter was the founder of a baseball analytics company that provides digital coaching for analog baseball players. His previous experience includes advising 25+ technology start-ups in strategy, marketing/sales, finance and securing commitments of over $10 million of investment. These companies have been in varying markets from solar, to wind turbines, fuel injection, engine controls, consumer products, and medical devices. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Access the Recording: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/events/how-to-pitch-your-ideas-to-investors/

 

SBIR and STTR Agency Webinar Series

Dates below | 1-2:00

This webinar is part of a series. Each hour long webinar will focus on a different SBIR/STTR agency. The webinars begin with an overview of the agency’s SBIR (and STTR, where applicable) program, and then continue into a discussion of the its unique features. The webinar will conclude with some advise on preparing and submitting a Phase I proposal to the highlighted agency. At the end of this series, attendees will know which agencies are a good fit for their technology.

Click the links below to learn more or to register:

February 19US Department of Education
March 3NASA
March 17National Institute of Health
March 24National Science Foundation
April 22US Department of Defense
May 27US Department of Agriculture
June 23US Department of Energy

If you missed a webinar in the series, you can acccess them at: https://www.wyomingsbdc.org/recordings/

Presented by: Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Consulting Group Inc, has taught thousands of entrepreneurs how to write competitive technical and cost proposals. He and his team provide assistance including draft proposal reviews and brainstorming on proposal strategy and content. Recognized as a leading expert, Jim is a regular instructor of Phase I and Phase II proposal preparation workshops at national and regional conferences.

 

HHS- NIH SBIR/STTR Empowering Innovation Conference

Moved to Fall 2020| Las Vegas, NV

Empowering Innovation means the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to help your small business succeed.

How?

With nearly $1.1 billion dollars of annual grant funding available to forge academic partnerships and build small businesses, HHS wants to help you through the process, from start to finish. The 21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference brings together nearly 1,000 attendees including federal agencies, small business owners, and institutions of higher education. This year the event is hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on April 28-30, 2020 at the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas and allows you to:

• Connect in-person with program officers and key leaders who can share what they might be looking for while reviewing applications.
• Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and use key resources that will help you develop a competitive application.
• Speak one-on-one with representatives from 22 NIH institutions as well as representatives from other federal agencies that support life science product development.

Regardless of which track or sessions you attend, each will provide you with actionable guidance to help you succeed.

Learn more https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nih-21st-annual-hhs-small-business-program-conference-tickets-84984879061

NOTE: This is not a UW/Wyoming SBDC Network event.

 

Save the Date - SBIR/STTR Phase I Proposal Development and Cost Accounting Workshop

June TBA | Virtual

This is an active learning workshop where you will get the tools you need to write your Phase I proporals, right size your Phase I research project, calculate an defensible indirect rate that will cover your costs of being in business, and more.

Registration coming soon

  

TechConnect World - SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference

Moved to Fall 2020 | National Harbor, MD

Connect with program managers representing America's Seed Fund of over $3.5 billion annually.
Learn how to compete for funding, and create successful commercialization strategies and partnerships.
Network with global industry scouts, early-stage investors, and key federal agency buyers and funders.

 

Register: https://www.techconnectworld.com/SBIRSpring2020/

NOTE: This is not a UW/Wyoming SBDC Network event.

 

2020 Rockies SBIR Road Tour - Wyoming Stop

August 14 Laramie, UW Gateway Center

Learn how to Access $3.7 Billion in Non-Dilutive Funding for Startups, Innovators and Small Firms! Wyoming SBDC Network is pleased to announce that the 2020 Rockies SBIR Road Tour is stopping in Laramie, Wyoming on August 14, 2020! Meet with Federal SBIR reps, learn how the SBIR proposal process starts, and network with local and state support services!

SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and it's sister STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, market focused technology development.

What is The SBIR Road Tour?

The SBIR Road Tour on August 14 provides attendees with an opportunity to meet One-On-One with reps from all participating SBIR/STTR agencies! While these special meetings are taking place, presentations by agencies and other key panels provide valuable information about agency missions, what makes each agencies SBIR program unique, tips on proposal prep, do's and don'ts from SBIR awardees, commercialization goals, why proposals fail, and MORE!

Agencies Invited to Attend Include:
Department of Defense (Amy, Navy, Air Force, DARPA, MDA, CBD) National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA, Homeland Security, Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Education, NOAA, NIST, EPA, USDA, USPTO and FLC.

Registrants will be given the opportunity to sign up for one on one meetings in advance of the event. Final participating agencies, pre-event training recommendations, and quad chart instructions will be provided to registrants in advance of the conference.

Registration Link to follow soon

 

More webinars on https://www.sbir.gov/events/webinars

 


 

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