SBIR Road Tour Southwest (Albuquerque)


7:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking

SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Presentations, Panel Sessions,
and One-on-One Meetings

8:00 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome

  • John Garcia, New Mexico SBA District Director

8:10 a.m.

America’s Seed Fund – SBIR/STTR Overview

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

8:40 a.m.

Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)

8:55 a.m.

Reverse Pitches

5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch

  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Navy (DON)
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

10:05 a.m.


5 Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies

Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the unique aspects guiding the SBIR granting agencies. Topics include agency interest points, investigator-initiated projects, proposal evaluation, agency contacts, and commercialization strategies.

  • Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Panelist: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Panelist: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Panelist: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Panelist: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

10:40 a.m.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

10:55 a.m.


5 Surprising Opportunities with DoD and NASA

Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the varied nature of NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) Agencies, which together account for almost half of the SBIR/STTR award dollars each year. Focus areas include topic selection, evaluation rigidity, proposal assistance, DoD/NASA as an investor and a customer, data rights, and transitioning to Phase III.

  • Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Panelist: Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Panelist: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Panelist: U.S. Department of the Navy (NAVY)
  • Panelist: U.S. Air Force (USAF)

11:25 a.m.


Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Common Mistakes

Panel discussion with Agency Program Managers on the most common and avoidable mistakes made by applicants, as well as candid insights for preparing more competitive proposals.

  • Moderator: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Panelist: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Panelist: Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCOR)
  • Panelist: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Panelist: United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM)

New Mexico specific program brought to you by NM FAST

12:00 p.m.


12:15 p.m.

Rapid Fire Pitches

2 minute elevator pitches from local economic development organizations




  • New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD)
  • New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)
  • The Grants Collective
  • Air Force Research Lab (AFRL)

1:00 p.m.


New Mexico SBIR/STTR Success Stories

Learn tips, tricks, and key information from current and prior SBIR/STTR awardees from New Mexico. These panelists will provide attendees with best practices for moving through the proposal creation process, items to be aware of when putting together a budget and a team, and how to manage your time and resources when putting together a response. Panelists will also share how the SBIR/STTR programs have helped their company grow, and how these programs have either directly or indirectly contributed to their company’s success.

  • Moderator: Brittany Sickler, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
  • Panelist: Kenneth Blemel, Management Sciences, Inc.
  • Panelist: Wish Krisnamoorthy, Qynergy Corporation
  • Panelist: Javier Gonzales, Descarte Labs
  • Panelist: Eric Biederman, Vibrant Corporation

2:15 p.m.


2:30 p.m.


The New Mexico Small Business Assistance Ecosystem

The state of New Mexico features a vast landscape of small business assistance and development organizations. In this panel, representative from those organizations will discuss what kind of services they provide, how they can help your business grow and develop, and how they contribute to the overall assistance ecosystem across New Mexico. A special focus will be given towards how these organizations can help you submit a strong SBIR/STTR proposal package and how they can help you manage your award, or provide other post-award assistance services

  • Moderator: Scott Maloney, Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University
  • Panelist: Myrriah Tomar, New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD)
  • Panelist: John Chavez, New Mexico Angels
  • Panelist: Theresa Rivera, New Mexico Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers (PTAP)
  • Panelist: Del Mackey, Arrowhead Inc.

3:45 p.m.

Closing Remarks

4:30 p.m.

Networking at Marble Brewery


Contact Us

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This event is an initiative of the NM FAST Partnership Program, which is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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