New Mexico SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit Agenda

9:00 a.m.

Event Kickoff

9:05 a.m.

Video Presentation

9:10 a.m.

Welcome Address

  • Alicia Keyes; Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Economic Development

9:20 a.m.

Keynote Address

  • John Williams; Director of Innovation and Technology for the Office of Investment and Innovation, SBA

9:45 a.m.


Keys to creating a strong SBIR/STTR proposal package

Pursuing funding via the SBIR/STTR programs can be confusing to new (and experienced) applicants. Each agency has their own funding priorities, package requirements, and budgets, and figuring out what to focus on when creating a winning package can be challenging. In this panel session, hear from federal program managers, awardees, and reviewers on how to create a proposal package that stands out from the crowd. We will cover information that is vital for applicants, some tips and tricks on creating a strong proposal, what constitutes a good team for SBIR/STTR purposes, and critical information that reviewers and program officers focus on. There will also be the opportunity for Q&A from the audience.


  • Moderator: Dana Catron; SBIR Program Director, Arrowhead Center
  • Panelist: Dr. Bill Goodman; President, Goodman Technologies, LLC
  • Panelist: Jim Greenwood; President, Greenwood Consulting Group
  • Panelist: Mariann Johnston; Project Manager, Feynman Center for Innovation, LANL
  • Panelist: Meg Stout; Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of the Navy

10:55 a.m.

Expo Hall Break

11:15 a.m.


Commercializing your innovation: Moving beyond a Phase II award

Commercializing innovative ideas is one of the hallmarks of the SIBR/STTR programs. But, how do you showcase that? What are the next steps after a Phase II SBIR/STTR award? What other opportunities exist to help you bridge the Valley of Death between demonstration and market viability?  This panel session will cover how to identify the commercial pathway for your idea, important things to focus on regarding commercial viability, additional programs beyond a Phase II, and other hurdles you may face in the commercialization pipeline.


  • Moderator: Scott Maloney; Chief Innovator, Arrowhead Center
  • Panelist: Patricia Knighten; Principal, PK Strategic Development Consulting
  • Panelist: Richard McNamara; Department of the Navy
  • Panelist: Doug Goodman; Johnson Space Center Tech Transfer Group, NASA
  • Panelist: Eric Frahm; CEO, ProVIO

12:30 p.m.

Working Lunch

12:45 p.m.

Lunch Presentation

Cybersecurity Presentation – Protecting your data and maintaining control

Is your business up-to-date on the latest cyber security requirements? Government contractors have specific regulations that need to be addressed to protect and secure classified and unclassified data. In this training webinar, learn from Elythia McAnarney, New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center Advisor, about the areas that need to be addressed to meet the requirements of NIST 800-171.


  • Elythia McAnarney; Advisor, PTAC

1:30 p.m.


Granting vs. Contracting: What are the differences and why do they matter?

There are two different vehicles for SBIR/STTR awards – a grant or a contract. There are critical differences between grants and contracts you should be aware of. Whether an agency is a granting agency or contracting agency changes their focus, needs, funding mechanisms, performance expectations, among others. This panel session will cover those differences, what they mean for your business, and key differences that can change your scope during performance. Hear from federal program managers, compliance officers, and an awardee that has held both grants and contracts on what you need to know before getting an award.


  • Moderator: Myrriah Tomar; Director, Science and Technology Office, New Mexico Economic Development Department
  • Panelist: Robin Cantor; President, STAR Cryoelectronics
  • Panelist: Dr. Ela Mirowski; National Science Foundation
  • Panelist: Jason Schroepfer; Department of the Navy
  • Panelist: DCAA representative

2:30 p.m.

Networking Break

2:50 p.m.



Exploring what’s new in the Navy SBIR/STTR programs

Hear directly from Navy program managers on the technologies they need to support their missions. This panel will discuss how the Navy focuses on their needs each cycle, what they are looking for in the 21.1 BAA, and how small businesses can take advantage of funding under their program.

  • Navy program managers

4:20 p.m.



SBIR/STTR Support Organizations

Hear about different support organizations from around the country, and how they can help you prepare your SBIR/STTR proposal package.

4:30 p.m.


Closing Remarks

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

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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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