Thursday, August 27, 2009

NCI: Image-guided Drug Delivery in Cancer

The National Cancer Institute invites R01 research proposals for Image-guided Drug Delivery in Cancer to support the development of integrated imaging-based platforms for multifunctional and multiplexed drug delivery systems in cancer. Award size, number, and duration may vary. Eligibility is unrestricted. Standard R01 due dates apply. More information regarding PA-09-253 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

DOE Phase 1 SBIR Solicitation

DOE has released its Annual Phase I solicitation for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as part of its plan to distribute funding received through the Recovery Act. Proposals will be accepted addressing 10 clean energy topics described in the announcement. Eligibility is limited to U.S. small business concerns. The deadline for submitting proposals is Sep 4. More information regarding DE-PS02-09ER09-27 is available at:

Courtesy ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

NSF's Biophotonics, Advanced Imaging, and Sensing for Human Health (BISH) Program

NSF's Biophotonics, Advanced Imaging, and Sensing for Human Health (BISH) program recognizes that innovative basic research in photonics, imaging, and sensing that is very fundamental in science and engineering is needed to lay the foundation for new technologies beyond those that are mature and ready for application in medical diagnostics and therapies. Developing molecularly specific sensing (molecular photonics), imaging, and monitoring systems with high sensitivity and resolution would be an enormous accomplishment. Visit

Courtesy: ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

DARPA: Bioinspired Photonics Program

DARPA invites research proposals for the Bioinspired Photonics program. The program's goal is to harness the best of nature's photonic structures and utilize advances in materials technology to create controllable photonic devices at visible and near infrared wavelengths. There are three specified phases to the program; fabrication and understanding, activation and dynamic control, and advanced capabilities. Eligibility is generally unrestricted but there are some limitations on FFRDCs and foreign entities. Multiple awards are anticipated. Proposal abstracts are due Oct 7. More information regarding DARPA-BAA-09-71 is available at:

Courtesy: ERAU Grant Opportunities Update

Thursday, August 20, 2009

How to Fund Your Company without Going to VC's

How to Fund Your Company without Going to VC's: What your Customers and Suppliers Know But May Not Be Telling You

  • Date: Thursday, August 27th
  • Time: 8:30 - 10:00
  • Location: 12565 Research Parkway, Suite 360, Training Room 123, Orlando, FL., 32826
  • Fee: $20 (Free to UCF Business Incubation clients)
RSVP to Renee Ayala at 407-882-0202 or by email,

If you can't get institutional financing and you are not quite ready for a merger or acquisition, there may be funds available from your vendors, suppliers, and/or customers. There are creative arrangements such as prepayments, licensing, advances on orders, joint ventures and partnerships, which may help you finance your business in these challenging economic times.

Like most creative arrangements there are pratfalls and pitfalls to be aware of and avoided but savvy entrepreneurs can use these arrangements to fund a customer's project, a new product still under development, or expansion of the existing product lines. Come and learn from Mark Arnold and Howard Gitten of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP, who regularly represent entrepreneurs of early stage companies, as they discuss the various types of arrangements available for entrepreneurs for precious development capital as well as how to avoid some of the pitfalls.


Howard Gitten - Having worked both in-house at a cutting edge photonics company, and in private practice, Howard brings a unique perspective to technology law. He brings a business perspective to technology issues and his technology background to business issues. As a registered patent attorney, Howard, along with his colleagues in the Intellectual Property Department, not only know how best to protect a client's unique assets, but how best to make them marketable and best use intellectual property for competitive advantage. Howard has advised his clients in instituting cradle-to-grave IP regimes, to licensing IP and building joint development programs around a client's IP.

Mark Arnold - Mark is a corporate transactional attorney primarily focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital transactions, and general corporate matters. He has experience in securities issues and other corporate finance transactions representing both public and private companies in domestic and international matters.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Follow the Green Money Event - Thursday, August 20, 2009

Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas, Florida's 24th Congressional District invites you to attend

Follow the Green Money:

Over the next 18 months, the U.S. Department of Energy will invest approximately $38 Billion to build the American economy using energy efficiency, renewable energy, smart grid electricity and clean fuels.while creating the jobs this country needs.

The Department of Energy has set these goals:

- Get good projects underway a way that creates lasting value
- Make a significant down payment on the nation's energy and environmental future

Brian J. Quirke, from the U.S. Department of Energy, will join us to detail these programs and the best way to gain access to them.

Thursday , August 20, 2009
9:00 am -11:00 am

University of Central Florida
College of Health & Public Affairs Building
Room 125

Parking Garage C

There is no cost to attend this event. However, we must receive your RSVP with your name and number of attendees at by August 18, 2009. If you need additional information please contact 407-208-1106

Managing the Sales Process Seminar

This seminar will cover topics that are very important when Managing a Sales Process:

* Consultative Sales Process

* How to Sell Your Product as a Solution

* Hiring Sales Staff (Who to Hire, Who Not to Hire, and How to Manage)

and others.

Presented by Frank Watts, a coach of the UCF Venture Lab. As an independent consultant, Frank has been providing sales and productivity services to High Tech companies since 1985. Some of his past clients include Apple, HP, KLA, Oracle, and many others.

When: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Where: UCF Incubator-Seminole County/Winter Springs
1511 E. SR 434, Suite 2001
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Cost: No Charge to Incubator Clients; $30 Non-Incubator Clients

To register, please contact Rafael Caamano at 407-278-4880 or via email

Monday, August 10, 2009


NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program/Small Business Technology Transfer Program is designed to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector; to strengthen the role of SBCs in meeting Federal research and development needs; to increase the commercial application of these research results; and to encourage participation of socially and economically disadvantaged persons and women-owned small businesses. Visit

DOD has issued a presolicitation announcement for the 2009.3 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I solicitation. Seven DoD components will participate in the 2009.3 solicitation: the Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, Department of the Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Missile Defense Agency, Defense Logistics Agency, and the Office of Secretary of Defense. Phase I awards, ranging between $70,000 and $100,000, will support testing the scientific, technical, and commercial merit of a particular concept. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. The full solicitation will be available on Jul 27. Proposals will be accepted Aug 24-Sep 23. More information regarding DoDSBIR2009-3 is available at:

DOD has issued a presolicitation announcement for the 2009.B Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I solicitation. Five DoD components will participate in the 2009.B solicitation: the Department of the Air Force, Department of the Navy, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Missile Defense Agency, and the Office of Secretary of Defense. Phase I awards, which may not exceed $100,000, will support testing the scientific, technical, and commercial merit of a particular concept. Partnerships between businesses and universities are required. Eligibility is restricted to U.S. small businesses. The full solicitation will be available on Jul 27. Proposals will be accepted Aug 24-Sep 23. More information regarding DoDSTTR2009-B is available at:
Courtesy ERAU Update

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Join us for "Florida's Stimulus Act" with State Stimulus Czar and U.S. Representatives, Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stimulus Money for Florida


  • Don WinsteadSpecial Advisor to the Governor for the Implementation of theFederal American Recoveryand Reinvestment Act of 2009

  • Congressman Alan Grayson (D-Orlando)

  • Congresswoman Suzanne Kosmas (D-New Smyrna Beach)

In March 2009, Governor Crist appointed Don Winstead to serve as Special Advisor to the Governor's Office of Economic Recovery. Governor Crist introduced Mr. Winstead as Florida's "stimulus czar" - the key official charged with $13.4 billion in federal stimulus money expected by the state.

It is important to make sure we know what's coming and that the people that need information have that information," Winstead said. "I'll be a synthesizer of information and a disseminator of information." Mr. Winstead said part of his job is to serve as "an opportunity watchdog."
We have the honor of having Mr. Winstead speak to us about the state of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and opportunities for Florida. After Mr. Winstead's discussion, Central Florida Congressional Delegation - Representatives Alan Grayson (D-Orlando) and Suzanne Kosmas (D-New Smyrna Beach), will be invited to participate and outline stimulus opportunities, current initiatives and the impact of these dollars in their districts.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity to better understand the opportunities and impact of stimulus money on Central Florida.

When:Wednesday, August 26, 20098:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast & Registration

8:30 - 9:15 a.m. - Don Winstead9:15 to 10:00 a.m.- Panel of Central Florida's U.S. Representatives

Where:Orlando Marriott Downtown

400 West Livingston Street

Orlando, Florida 32801

Complimentary self-parking available at Amway Arena parking lot.

Hotel valet parking is $6.00

Cost:$20.00 - Advance

$25.00 - Day of the Event

NOTE: The UCF Business Incubation Program has forwarded this information to you as a courtesy to one of our partner organizations. If you wish to register please call and register through the information found below in this email.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Enterprise Florida Supports Trade Show Participation (Source: EFI)

Enterprise Florida will provide event-specific grants on a reimbursable basis to small and medium-sized companies to enable them to participate in EFI trade shows and select U.S. certified trade exhibitions in target sectors. Eligible recipients include manufacturers, R&D companies, and technology services providers in targeted industries, including: aviation/aerospace; clean energy; financial & professional services; homeland security & defense; information technology; life sciences; and targeted manufacturing, including the boating/marine sector. Contact Michael Schiffhauer for information at 407-956-5634 or for information. (7/27)

Courtesy ERAU Space Report

Saturday, August 1, 2009

OSA Action Alert: Call for Broadband Reviewers

Dear OSA Optics Legislative Network/optical communications industry professional:

The United States Department of Commerce is seeking technical experts to review grant proposals for broadband funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the stimulus bill). Earlier this year, President Obama and Congress passed the stimulus bill that included $7.2 billion to expand broadband access to unserved and underserved communities across the U.S., increase jobs, spur investments in technology and infrastructure, and provide long-term economic benefits.

On July 1, Vice President Biden announced the first round of broadband funding: $4 billion through the Department of Commerce. Applications will be accepted until August 14 with grant announcements being made by mid September. At least one other round of funding will be made available by September 2010.

The Commerce Department is expecting a large number of applications and is seeking volunteer experts to rate the various projects. The Department is looking for a minimum time commitment of approximately 20 hours between mid August and mid September. If you are interested in serving as a reviewer, please visit and read the section titled "Call for Reviewers." Additional information about the broadband stimulus program can also be found at this site.

Please do not hesitate to contact the OSA Public Policy team if you'd like any additional information.

OSA Public Policy Team

SEIA: Join Us For A DOE Loan Guarantee Program Webinar

SEIA Webinars Presents Department of Energy Loan Guarantee Program

Tuesday, August 4 at noon ET.

Martin Klepper of Skadden, Arps,
Kenneth Hansen of Chadbourne & Parke,
and a speaker from the Department of Energy

On Wednesday, July 29, the Department of Energy issued $30 billion in lending authority to support loan guarantees for renewable energy and transmission projects. Join SEIA to learn how this announcement can help YOUR business. Don't miss out on this exciting new opportunity!

The webinar is free for all SEIA members and the presentation will be made available to all participants and members after the webinar. Non-SEIA members can register for $95.

Please send your questions to

UCFTI Lunch & Learn sponsored by Hutchison Law Group PLLC

UCFTI Lunch & Learn sponsored by Hutchison Law Group PLLC

Thursday, August 13th

Time: 11:30-1:00

Location: University Tower
12201 Research Parkway, 2nd Floor, Orlando, FL., 32826

Fee: $20 (Free to UCF Business Incubator Clients) Lunch will be provided

Please RSVP to Renee Ayala at 407-882-0202
or via email

Hutchison Law Group PLLC presents:

The Mechanics of Pitching

Bottom of the ninth - two on, two out. Your catcher flashes a sign and you adjust your grip on the ball. As the sweat beads across your forehead you instantly realize that everything you've worked so hard for all comes down to this one moment. Are you ready?

Join us as we discuss the mechanics of "pitching" your business to potential investors. We'll begin with a scouting report covering various types of financing and the current funding environment. Next, we'll discuss the key components of any good pitch and potential pitfalls that you'll want to avoid. Finally, we'll bring it all together with actionable steps to prepare and deliver your pitch, giving you a competitive edge over the competition.