Friday, November 19, 2010

TRDA Hosts SBIR Forum: "A View from the Trenches"

Date: December 8, 2010

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: TRDA Business Innovation Center
1050 West NASA Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901
Cost: No Charge

Hear from a panel of accomplished entrepreneurs as they describe their insights on the challenges and obstacles they have faced in their pursuit of obtaining federal R&D funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Panel members include:

  • Kirstie Chadwick, CEO, Growth Innovators - Ms. Chadwick has 25 years of experience with a wide range of technology companies, and has raised millions in venture capital for companies she founded or has held executive positions.
  • Kerry Gilger, CEO, VisualCue Technologies - VisualCue is a software technology company that is used by the federal government in multiple environments to monitor people, processes, physical assets and performance. The software gives insight to complex, high volume data through intuitive, iconic displays.
  • Martin Hall, Director of Marketing & Senior Scientist, Propagation Research Associates - Dr. Hall has directly written more than 25 SBIR Phase I proposals for the Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and NASA. He advises and is currently working with Phase II and Phase III program winners.
  • Bruce McQueary, Vice President, Securboration, Inc. - Founded in 2001, Securboration addressed DoD's need for complex scenario simulations. Its solution integrated configuration data from multitudes of simulation participants. Securation has been awarded from than $55 million by DoD and leading research labs for SBIR Phase I, II and III grants.
  • Carol Wideman, CEO and Co-founder of Vcom3D, Inc. - Ms. Wideman sits on the National Science Foundation's SBIR Advisory Committee. She is a former educator, engineer and business leader at GE Simulation and Training Systems and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Vcom3D has strategically developed innovative solutions and used the SBIR program to further develop their award-winning software.
  • Bernie Zuzo, TRDA SBIR Commercialization Manager, will serve as panel facilitator. Mr. Zuzo has 25 years experience in technology commercialization in both public and private sectors, having previosly worked for Wellmark International, American Technology Initiative, and the Desert Research Institute.

Please register at or contact Bonnie O'Regan at 321-872-1050, Ext. 107, or email

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