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Innovation Summit – SBIRs/STTRs, OTAs and other Innovation and Technology Opportunities Hybrid Event

February 21 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Leigh Christian (256) 428-8190

 Online Meeting (Live)
Government Contracting, Technology

Innovation Summit – SBIRs/STTRs, OTAs and other Innovation and Technology Opportunities

Event is hybrid however we hope you can attend in person!

We will focus on many different ways for small businesses to get engaged or grow in Innovation and Technology Areas.  

In conjunction with Innovate Huntsville Week, this event is designed to help small businesses enter the market by learning from the subject matter experts who have been successful. The Innovation Summit will bring together innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs from  all areas – commercial, government and academia.

Collaborative Partners:  The Catalyst, Innovate Alabama, HASBAT, National HUBZone Contractor’s Council, Women in Defense, Women in Technology
8:30 – 9:00 am Central Welcome and Sponsor Introductions, Greetings, and Inspirational Speaker

Catalyst – Lisa Mays & Leigh Christian

Innovate Huntsville – Vicki Morris

Huntsville Association for Small Business in Advanced Technology (HASBAT) – Allison Rhen/Tracy Cochran

HUBZone Contractor’s National Council – Michelle Burnett

Women in Defense Tennessee Valley Chapter – Melanie Newton

Women in Technology – Kuan Collins

9:00 – 9:30 am Speaker – Dr. Kuan Collins, Executive Director for Digital Innovation– Axient Intersections – Mission to Innovate (Confirmed)
9:30 – 11:30 am Reverse Pitch – gov’t agency states – what is the thing they want solved- what is the problem, then small businesses can Pitch in next month

State Problem (Speakers – target people already doing this) Limit to 4-5 speakers – do they have money, real problem that small businesses can respond to. 

Kuan – moderate

  • Army  (Futures Command, etc) 
  • MDA
  • SMDC –  Space Command/Space Force
  • NASA
  • EPA
  • NAVY
11:30 -1:00 pm LUNCH BREAK – may offer breakout session during this time for small groups

Group 1 –  Blue Cyber Initiative provides road map to cybersecurity success for small business – Kelley S. Kiernan, CISM, CRISC, CEH; Chief Technology Officer/Blue Cyber Director DON SBIR/STTR Program Office (Confirmed – 30 minutes)

1:00 – 1:45 pm Other Opportunities

  • Accelerator Panel:

Moderator – Kevin Landtroop, SBIR Advisor  Traverse the Valley of Death-

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm Health Sciences:  NIH SBIR program  30 minutes  Tips and Advice    AFTERNOON   Q & A; NCATS  (Translational Science) – NCATS SBIR/STTR Program: Tips, Advice, and Afternoon Q &A (30mins) Speaker: Meena Rajagopal, Ph.D., Program Officer. National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) National Institutes of Health (NIH)( Leigh) (Confirmed)
2:15 – 3:00 pm Primes – Mentoring Session with large business

Prime – Reverse Pitch & Table Discussion – Some are being confirmed

  • Axient
  • Raytheon
  • Accenture
  • Blue Origin
  • Google
  • CACI
  • SAIC
  • Northrup Grumman
3:00 – 3:30 pm Innovate Alabama – Miller Girvin (Confirmed)
3:30 – 4:00 pm Closing Speaker – Brian Bullerman, Managing Partner of Treble One Aerospace Consulting – Confirmed

Please register   Innovation Summit – SBIRs/STTRs, OTAs and other Innovation and Technology Opportunities Hybrid Event (ecenterdirect.com)

We will have a:

  • Resource Center – Collaboration Partners, Sponsors
  • Connection Corner – Back Conference Room

Thank you to our sponsors:

Catalyst Government Focus Sponsor 

 Silver Sponsor:  




 Collaborating Sponsors:




Registration Policies:

Registration and Fees: Payment of seminar fees may be made by check, money order or credit card. Payment must be received to guarantee your space in an event.

Refund Policy: If you wish to request a refund, please contact the conference organizer listed above to discuss. You may also elect to send a substitute in your place. If the event is cancelled, all fees will be returned.

Special Accommodations: In accordance with the American Disabilities Act and state law, you may request accommodations due to a disability by contacting the event organizer listed above. Advance notice may be necessary for some accommodations. Registration must be paid prior to accommodation requests.


February 21
9:00 am - 6:00 pm


The Catalyst


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