Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Ripple Management Workshop

Does your innovation need funding to get to market?


The Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is pleased to cooperate with Ripple Management of Atlanta, Georgia to bring you a special event that will help you learn if a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant is for you and how you can get started with one.

The program is open to anyone who is trying to develop and commercialize a new innovation.

Where: Mitchell College of Business, Room 264
When: October 8, 2012
             Registration 12:00pm-1:00pm
             Event: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Early registration fee: $50
After October 3rd: $75

For reservations and questions, contact Marcina Lang at 251-414-8091 or

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided during breaks.

What is an SBIR grant?

The Small Business Innovation Research program is a government program that provides grants to small new technology businesses.


Goals of the workshop

—Help participants determine if and how SBIR grants meet their funding needs
—Help participants determine the breadth of work required to get a proposal put together
—Leave participants with an idea of whether SBIR grants fit their funding needs and how to start the process


Introduction to SBIR (30 min)
          —Different funding agencies
          —How do grants/contracts work?
          —Who can apply?
          —How much money is available?
          —Typical success rates

How does SBIR funding fit into my business plan? (45 min + 15 min Q&A)
         —What do SBIRs fund?
         —What can I use the money for?
         —How long does it take to get funded?
         —Do I lose my IP rights?
         —What is involved with managing an SBIR grant?

Break (15 min)

SBIR Proposal Details (45 min + 15 min Q&A)
         —Website submission
         —Company registration
         —Differences with each agency

Break (15 min)

Summary (45 min + 15 min Q&A)

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