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DARPA Small Business Programs Office Webinar (Aug 24)

The North Carolina Military Business Center and North Carolina Defense Technology Transition Office are pleased to host the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) for an informational webinar on August 24, 2022 from 1000 to 1100.

Jennifer Thabet from DARPA’S SBPO office will provide an overview of DARPA and the agency’s Small Business Programs; including the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs; and discuss what makes DARPA unique and how to get started with DARPA.

When. August 24, 2022 from 1000 to 1100.

Registration. This is a free webinar; however, pre-registration is required in order to receive the virtual platform credentials. Credentials will be emailed out a few days prior to the training.


  • The DARPA Small Business Programs Office (SBPO) serves the small business community by creating an environment within DARPA that recognizes and utilizes small business as a primary source of innovative solutions. SBPO stimulates an ecosystem of small businesses to create and transition radical, game-changing technologies that benefit national security, the federal government and the commercial marketplace.
  • SBPO administers the DARPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs, established by Congress to provide opportunities for small businesses to participate in Federal Government-sponsored research and development (R&D). The goals of the SBIR/STTR Programs are to: stimulate technological innovation; use small business to meet federal R&D needs; foster and encourage participation by socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns (SBCs) and by SBCs that are at least 51 percent owned and controlled by women; and increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from federal R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity, and economic growth. These goals are in close alignment to the DARPA mission and as such the small business performers in DARPA’s SBIR/STTR programs serve as key contributors to and vital members of DARPA’s innovation ecosystem.


Ms. Jennifer Thabet is an experienced program manager with an extensive background supporting DARPA and the DoD. Enhancing the ability of the small business community to create and transition revolutionary technologies that benefit the warfighter, federal government, and commercial marketplace is of paramount importance in Ms. Thabet’s role of Program Director, DARPA Small Business Programs Office (SBPO). She is focused on creating an environment that considers small business concerns a primary source of innovative solutions and advancing small business relationships and training opportunities within the DoD and other federal agencies.

Prior to joining SBPO, Ms. Thabet spent more than 13 years with Booz Allen Hamilton supporting DARPA and the DoD by providing program and project management for complex government contracts with a focus on project and financial management. She has specialized expertise in contract negotiations, business process improvements, and small business relations and risk management. Her experience includes work in multiple DARPA Technical Offices where she supported all aspects of the DARPA programmatic lifecycle from program concept to transition. Her background also includes work in DARPA support offices, including the Director’s Office (DIRO) and the Mission Services Office (MSO), where she served as the contract program manager for DARPA’s largest and most complex support contract. Prior to her time at DARPA, Ms. Thabet spent time as an attorney, specializing in contract law and general litigation.

Ms. Thabet holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a Juris Doctorate degree from The George Washington University School of Law, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.

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