Saturday, October 10, 2009

2009 Fall National SBIR Conference

Event: 2009 Fall National SBIR Conference

Dates: November 2-5, 2009

Location: John Ascuaga's Nugget, Sparks (Reno), NV

Conference Website:

About the National Conference - in Nevada for the first time!

While these are challenging times for the global economy, the energy industry is thriving as federal agencies and investors seek out technologies and opportunities with promising futures.In the coming decades, the five pillars of clean energy - solar, wind, hydroelectric, geothermal and biomass technologies - are intended to form the cornerstone of many U.S. economies.
Highlighting renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, the 2009 National SBIR/STTR Conference will bring together federal agencies - U.S. Department of Defense, Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Department of Commerce, Department of Education, Department of Transportation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Small Business Administration (SBA), Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Agriculture - as well as venture capital and angel investors, large companies, small businesses, lenders, researchers, university and federal laboratory representatives and other experts who provide assistance to or are interested in doing business with early-stage and advanced-stage ventures.
The conference is designed specifically for:

Entrepreneurs engaged in innovative research
Small businesses and other innovative companies looking for start-up support
Venture capital and angel investors
IP, securities and corporate counsel
Research scientists from public and private labs
Audit, accounting and tax professionals
Commercial lenders
Public and private analytical laboratory managers
Corporate CEOs/COOs/CFOs
Prime contractor procurement representatives
Economic development, workforce development and private business services providers focused on business development
University technology transfer, grant and contracts administrators
Elected and appointed public officials interested in learning how they can participate in the growth of technology
State SBIR program representatives

Conference benefits:

Attend sessions that provide a comprehensive overview on how to apply for and win government SBIR/STTR funding grants.
Listen to high-level guest speakers, government officials and top industry leaders.
Learn how to market high-risk ventures to companies looking to outsource their innovative needs.

Meet with high-tech companies and research facilities on exhibition.
Hear about the successes of companies that have commercialized their products through SBIR/STTR.
Network with individuals from all phases of the process: research, development and commercialization.

Conference Registration and Fees

Registration for the conference and all optional pre-conference and post-conference workshops is available through Oct. 26, 2009. Walk-in registration is available after Oct. 26, 2009. For more information, or call Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, (775) 784-4062 or 1-800-233-8928.

Conference registration: $495, after Sept. 25 and through Oct. 26, 2009
Walk-in registration: $550, after Oct. 26, 2009

Conference fee includes conference breakout sessions and meetings, continental breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks each day.

Exhibitor registration: $1,500 ($1,250 for nonprofit agencies), includes exhibitor booth and two conference registrations. Additional booth members must register as conference participants.

Location and Accommodations

The 2009 National SBIR/STTR Conference will be held at John Ascuaga's Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, east of the University of Nevada, Reno campus and 15 minutes from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport. The Nugget resort provides free airport shuttle service. A block of rooms is available for a reduced rate to conference participants. Call John Ascuaga's Nugget at 1-800-648-1177 or visit the website and enter the conference reservation code mentioned below.

Conference room rate:West Tower rooms$99/night + 13.5 percent room tax and $5 resort fee/nightUpon registration your credit card will be charged $112.37 for your first night's stay.Registration code: GSBI9

Conference room rate (governmental agencies):West Tower rooms$99/night + 13.5 percent room tax and $5 resort fee/nightRegistration code: GSBI9-G

Book by Oct. 12, 2009, to guarantee room rate availability.

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