July 15th, 2021:  Inside Track on Federal R&D Grants for Innovative Companies

  • July 15th,2021
  • 1:00pm PST

An overview of the SBIR/STTR federal grant program that provides $3.2 billion annually in R&D funds to help early stage small businesses develop viable commercial innovations and meet Federal R&D needs.  Our speaker Gerry Barañano will provide a comprehensive overview of the SBIR program and will give pointers on how to improve the odds of being funded.

Gerry will cover the following topics:

Overview of SBIR/STTR program

Participating agencies and their SBIR budgets

Eligibility requirements

Intellectual Property rights under SBIR program

Phase I and Phase II — description and differences

How to research topics for your technology

Typical proposal outline

Proposal review criteria

Common reasons for decline

Speaker Bio:

Gerry Barañano co-founded Tech Futures Group in 2012 and served both as the director and an entrepreneur-in-residence for the Tech Futures Group from 2014 to 2020.  Tech Futures Group, a non-profit funded by the US Small Business Administration and State of California is a group of experienced advisors who act as the complete advisory board of select startups and small, established tech companies.  Since its inception, TFG helped more than 750 companies raise over $400 million in equity and government grants.

In his career, Gerry was VP of Marketing and Sales for companies ranging in size from Fortune 100 to startups.  He was instrumental in selling a technology startup for over $3.2 billion dollars.  As principal of his own company for twenty years, Gerry provided go-to-market strategies and strategic business development for tech companies and gets them their first paying customers. 

Gerry is a graduate of Yale University and earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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