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    • 02 May 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Charlton College of Business, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 (Parking Lot 14)

    Please join us for our SBIR event where experts from SMI - UMass Dartmouth's Federal Lobbyist - explains how to navigate the SBIR process.

    If you have a company with strong research capabilities, or are an academic researcher looking to commercialize a discovery, you’ll benefit from learning what the program is, how to apply and the processes required to comply with grant reporting.

    Grant writing requirements for SBIR/STTR can make the process seem daunting, but, as with other types of fundraising, there are negatives and positives to this financial resource. Given the validation and non-dilutive nature of this source, it can be well worth the effort. At the end of this event, you will be empowered to find the right opportunity for you and your company, know where to go to get the help you need, and take the first steps to being a successful grant awardee!

    About SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research)

    To boost U.S. technological innovation and commercialization, our federal government has invested tens of billions of dollars in domestic companies since the 1970s through its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants program. Administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), and managed through 11 federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation, the program provides funding and support to hundreds of grant awardee companies per year. These SBIR programs annually provide $2.5 billion in non-dilutive funding to small advanced technology firms represent America’s Largest Seed Fund.

    About SMI (Strategic Marketing Innovation)

    SMI supports companies, universities, and academic institutes secure federal funding for research and development, and technology procurement. Our team is comprised of technical and policy experts, lobbyists, and former executive branch decision-makers who work with our clients to capture non-dilutive federal funds. We guide our clients from technology development through acquisition by the federal government. We analyze every application of a given technology, product or service, and match them to current government needs. We also work with federal program managers to understand government priorities and goals for future technology development and acquisition programs.

    When: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

    Where: Charlton College of Business, 285 Old Westport Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747 (Parking Lot 14)




    Mr. McCann combines political, policy and strategy experience to help clients navigate the federal market and successfully secure funding and policy goals. With over ten years of experience on Capitol Hill, Mr. McCann served as Chief of Staff to a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. Both on and off the Hill, Mr. McCann works with companies and universities to plan and execute comprehensive strategies to secure federal R&D funding for innovative technologies as well as major procurement programs. Mr. McCann is on the Board of Directors of the 

    GRA, the Government Relations Association. Mr. McCann holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with an emphasis in Corporate Strategy.


    Dr. Ronneberg has over 15 years of energy-related experience. Before joining SMI, Dr. Ronneberg worked for the U.S. Department of Energy, where his positions included Supervisor of the Engines, Fuels and Deployment Division in the Vehicle Technologies Program, Acting Wind and Water Program Manager, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Technology Development, and Forest Products Technology Manager in the Industrial Technologies Program. As Supervisor of the Engines, Fuel and Deployment Division, Dr. Ronneberg´s responsibilities included overseeing over $100 million in annual Research, Development and Deployment activities as well as forming the $105 million SuperTruck and $104 million Laboratory Recovery Act programs. Dr. Ronneberg holds a Bachelor´s degree in Chemistry from Occidental College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton University.


    Dr. Taylor is part of SMI’s life sciences team. Prior to joining SMI, Dr. Taylor served as a Policy Officer at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) where he was an expert on foreign Select Agents and Dual Use Research Concerns. He also participated in the formulation, development and coordination of extramural research policy. Dr. Taylor also served as Scientific Review Officer at NIAID during which time he reviewed proposals and managed peer review panels. He has also held a number of senior scientist positions supporting federal agencies including the DoD, DARPA, National Cancer Institute, USAID’s Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, the Department of Homeland Security, and the World Bank. He is a former AAAS Science and Technology Fellow during which time he served as a Science Advisor for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.  Dr. Taylor holds a BA in Biology from the University of Southern Indiana and a PhD in Virology from Harvard University. 

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      • 13 Jun 2019
      • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
      • 151 Martine Street, Fall River, MA, 02723 at UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

      Our annual clamboil is a fixture of the entrepreneur's networking schedule in Southeastern Massachusetts. Join us for delicious food and lively networking with great people!  

      Please note that there is a fee for everyone, including members, at this event. Reservations needed by June 7th!

      This event is brought to you by our sponsors

       Adler, Pollock & Sheehan

    Past events

    11 Apr 2019 Cleantech Open 2019
    14 Mar 2019 Essential Services for Entrepreneurs
    13 Feb 2019 South Coast Corridor Entrepreneur Meet-Up
    13 Dec 2018 A Networking Evening With Doug Banks
    17 Oct 2018 Piranha Pond Pitch Party October 2018
    27 Sep 2018 Life Science Startups in Southern New England - September 27, 2018
    12 Apr 2018 Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies 101
    14 Mar 2018 Piranha Pond Pitch Party 2018
    08 Feb 2018 Success Stories, a case study with Aquabotix
    14 Dec 2017 An Entrepreneur's Journey - Startup - Accelerator - Acquisition... Repeat?
    16 Nov 2017 Global Entrepreneurship, a case study
    18 Oct 2017 Entrepreneurship in Southern New England - Panel Discussion
    14 Sep 2017 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
    22 Jun 2017 2017 Summer Networking
    08 Jun 2017 Investor Ready Boot Camp 2017
    13 Apr 2017 Introduction to Angel Investing - rescheduled to April
    09 Mar 2017 Branding for Entrepreneurs
    10 Nov 2016 The Current and Future State of Marine Renewable Energy
    13 Oct 2016 From Startup to Scale
    15 Sep 2016 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
    09 Jun 2016 Summer Networking
    12 May 2016 Investor Ready Boot Camp
    14 Apr 2016 Early-Stage Equity Financing
    10 Mar 2016 Family Businesses: Adjusting to the Changing Economy
    11 Feb 2016 Entrepreneur Launches “Think-Board” from dorm room, selling worldwide
    12 Nov 2015 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems
    08 Oct 2015 October 8, 2015 After the Accelerator (NOTE NEW LOCATION)
    10 Sep 2015 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
    11 Jun 2015 June 11, 2015 Summer Networking
    14 May 2015 May 14, 2014 Supply Chain
    09 Apr 2015 April 9, 2015 Bringing Innovation from the Lab to the Marketplace
    12 Mar 2015 March 12, 2015 Taking Dad’s Picture Off the Wall, a generational look at business
    12 Feb 2015 CANCELLED February 12, 2015 From Idea Stage to Launch: Are You Ready?
    11 Dec 2014 December 11, 2014 Holiday Networking
    13 Nov 2014 November 13, 2014 Marketing Challenges Penetrating New Markets
    09 Oct 2014 October 9, 2014 Overcoming Inertia: Selling Into Traditional Markets
    11 Sep 2014 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
    12 Jun 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
    08 May 2014 May 8, 2014 Family Business Association- FREE Admission
    10 Apr 2014 April 10, 2014 Private Equity for Entrepreneurs - Lessons Learned
    13 Mar 2014 March 13, 2014 Selling in the New Economy- lessons learned
    13 Feb 2014 CANCELLED- February 13, 2014 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
    12 Dec 2013 December 12, 2013 Holiday Networking
    14 Nov 2013 November 14, 2013 Crowdfunding
    10 Oct 2013 October 10, 2013 Board of Directors / Advisors: creating, managing and living with your boards.
    12 Sep 2013 Piranha Pond Pitch Party
    13 Jun 2013 June 13, 2013 Summer Networking
    09 May 2013 May 9, 2013 Innovation in Education
    11 Apr 2013 April 11, 2013 Financing - SBIR
    14 Mar 2013 March 14, 2013 Legal & tax strategies for start-ups
    07 Feb 2013 February 7, 2013 Exit Planning for Entrepreneurs
    13 Dec 2012 December 13, 2012 Holiday Networking
    08 Nov 2012 November 8, 2012 Marketing Outside the box
    08 Mar 2012 Financing Options for Start-Ups

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    Office: +1 (508) 999-8056

    UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 151 Martine St, Fall River, MA 02723

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