Wednesday August 14th
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Albuquerque Convention Center:
401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102


The SBA SBIR Road Tour is a national outreach effort to convey the non-dilutive, technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Federal Program Managers representing the over $3 billion in early stage funding have been invited to attend a series of events alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across the United States.

Registration is now closed

SBIR Road Tour Southwest (Albuquerque)

The SBIR Road Tour is coming to Albuquerque, New Mexico on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, to convey the non-dilutive, technology funding opportunity provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Individual program managers from 17 participating agencies representing over $3 billion in early stage funding will participate in a one day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and state innovation ecosystem members.


Wednesday August 14th, 2019

8:00AM TO 5:00PM


7:30 AM

Registration & Networking

8:00 AM

Introduction & Welcome

8:10 AM

Address: America's Seed Fund - SBIR/STTR Overview

8:40 AM

Address: Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)

8:55 AM

Reverse Pitches - 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch

10:05 AM

Panel: Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies

10:40 AM

Address: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

10:55 AM

Panel: Surprising Opportunities with DoD and NASA

11:25 AM

Panel: Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes

12:00 PM


12:15 PM

Rapid Fire Pitches from Support Organizations

1:00 PM

Panel: New Mexico SBIR Success Stories

2:15 PM


2:30 PM

Panel: New Mexico's Small Business Assistance Ecosystem

3:45 PM

Closing Remarks

4:30 PM

Networking at Marble Brewery

One-on-One Sessions

One-on-one sessions with program managers will be available all day at the SBA SBIR Road Tour (Southwest).

After registering for the event, Dawnbreaker will send a personalized link for you to secure your one-on-one opportunities.

Join us for networking at Marble Brewery After the Conference

111 Marble Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Rapid Fire Pitches


Hear from New Mexico support organizations on how they can help your business grow!



WESST provides opportunities to receive consulting, training and lending services to help start and/or grow your businesses successfully.


SCORE is a uniquely American organization that synthesizes two historic national ideas: entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism. Score is passionate about using their knowledge and expertise to assist and support local business owners, entrepreneurs and nonprofits during every phase of business. They offer services such as one-on-one mentoring, workshops, and business owners councils.
New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD)

New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD)

NMEDD offers a variety of grants for startups such as NM SBIR Matching Grant, Innovation Vouchers, and Collateral Assistance for loans up to $250,000.
Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

Air Force Research Laboratory New Mexico is leading the way in the nation’s laser, optical, and space supremacy technologies. Their Technology Engagement Office supports that mission by connecting the private sector and academia with AFRL resources to develop new technology and create opportunities for industry growth through things such as technology transfer agreements for joint research.
New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center

New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center can help businesses move through their required registrations for SBIR/STTR opportunities.
The Grants Collective

The Grants Collective

The Grants Collective offers two programs that help meet their mission — Talent Academy is a hands-on project-based training for organizations and professionals to take the next step into larger grants and Cooperative Network is an online and in-person network to connect with community members in nonprofit, government, and various other institutions to share resources and funding opportunities.


Event Logistics

Where is the closest airport?
The Albuquerque International Sunport is only ten minutes away from the Convention Center.
When and where will the SBIR Road Tour Southwest be held?
The Albuquerque Road Tour stop will take place Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. 401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
I’m coming from out-of-town. What hotels are close to the Convention Center?

Hotels within walking distance of the Albuquerque Convention Center:

Hotels located near the Albuquerque International Sunport (airport), within 10-minute drive of the Albuquerque Convention Center

Where can I park?

The Albuquerque Convention Center is connected to 1,500 convenient parking spaces. Primary parking is available at the Convention Center garage (Martin Luther King Blvd & Broadway), with overflow parking available at the Civic Plaza garage (Marquette & 3rd St.). Event parking in these garages is $6.00 per vehicle, without in/out privileges.

Additionally, there are numerous other public parking garages and parking lots available throughout downtown close to the Center. Parking fees vary. Please refer to the posted parking fees at each garage or lot.


When does registration open?
Registration is open now
Where do I register?
Please visit Eventbrite to register.
Is there a fee to attend the SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit?
Yes, there is a $45 registration fee. The fee includes refreshments and lunch.
How do I register for one-on-one sessions?
After registering, Dawnbreaker will send an email to you with your link to request one-on-one sessions with Federal program managers.
Can I register at the door?
No, all registrations must be made in advance.
If I cannot make it, is my registration transferable?
Yes, as long as we are notified 48 hours in advance.

Why You Should Attend

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in pursuing or applying for SBIR/STTR funding.
Which agencies will be at the Albuquerque event?
U.S. Air Force (USAF), Department of Agriculture (USDA), Department of Agriculture – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA – APHIS), Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA), Department of Defense – Navy, Department of Defense – Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Department of Defense – U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), Department of Defense – Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCOR), Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)

Contact Information

I am with the media and would like to do a story. Who should I contact
Thanks in advance! Please contact Dana Catron at
Who can I contact if I have a question?
Contact Dana Catron, Program Manager for NM FAST. She can be reached at 505-358-4039 or


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