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Posted on Jan 27, 2015

Full Original story can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2015/01/19/military-continues-development-stealth-hybrid-motorcycle/The U.S. Military is moving forward with the development of a silent motorcyclefor its covert ops.Technical details are still hush-hush, but the team behind the SilentHawk was recently awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.The off-roader is based on the production Alta Motors RedShift electric bike, but is fitted with a hybrid-electric powertrain designed by Logos Technologies that was originally created for use in an unmanned aerial vehicle. It’s described as “multi...
Posted on Jan 26, 2015

       LAUNCH founders NASA, NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State hosted the LAUNCH Green Chemistry Forum at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on January 23 and 24, 2015. LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded in 2010 to identify and foster breakthrough solutions to create a more sustainable world.  LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level. Innovators from twelve countries around the world submitted their solutions in the area of green chemistry as part of this year’s LAUNCH System Challenge: Green Chemistry.  Ten...
Posted on Jan 20, 2015

Introducing SBIR Pulse – Real Stories and Impacts from America's Startup Seed FundWelcome to SBIR Pulse, a new monthly feature about the Small Business Innovation Research and the Small Business Technology Transfer programs,otherwise referred to as America’s Seed Fund.SBIR Pulseprovides interviews with individuals from the different corners of the high-tech start-up ecosystem. This ecosystem includes business experts, investors, government and political leaders, and of course – entrepreneurs themselves. The interviews provide readers with perspectives on how SBIR is impacting small businesses, driving innovation, and leading to technological solutions that improve local economies while...
Posted on Jan 12, 2015

Innovative technologies developed for Special Operations Command find many users. - See more at: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=node/13993#sthash.CJ8f3VGU.dpufBesides having one of the coolest names in the Defense Department, Bonny Heet may arguably have one of the coolest jobs as well—program manager for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). The SBIR program and its sister program, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development with an eye toward commercialization. Heet reports that 11 federal agencies, including the Defense Department...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

The Small Business Innovation Research program offers money to innovative ideas nationwide. Can a new program help D.C. startups get a bigger slice of the SBIR pie? Read More ...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

Conservative economists often criticize government involvement in private markets, arguing that at best it is inefficient and at worst is counterproductive.  However, even the great conservative economist Milton Friedman often pointed out that government intervention is necessary when markets fail to allocate resources efficiently. Read More ...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

Steve Blank is known for informing entrepreneurs that, “The safest bet about your new business is that you’re wrong.” He contends, “A startup is not about executing a series of knowns. Most startups are facing a series of unknowns — unknown customer segments, unknown customer needs, unknown product feature set, etc…” Read More ...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

In 2009, I decided to attend the National Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Conference to understand how the government could partner with businesses and support innovative ideas and technologies.I was frustrated with the lack of capital available for small businesses. Most of the funds being promoted in the finance community were either debt financing requiring the repayment of a loan or equity financing requiring the business to give up a percentage of the profit in exchange for the necessary funding. Sitting at the SBIR conference Read More ...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

Raising venture capital or angel financing are the sought-after ways of enabling your startup dream. The process of raising venture capital is time consuming, and at the end of the day, you’ll give up anywhere between 30-60 percent of your company in your first round. But if you are developing advanced technologies where there’s a considerable amount of technical risk, there’s an alternative to selling off huge chunks of your company.The SBIR/STTR programs provide support for the physical sciences (advanced materials, nanotechnology, electronics, telecom), biological sciences, health-related issues and advanced computing. You probably won’t find much in the way of federal funding for a web...
Posted on Jan 7, 2015

Lisa Kurek is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker on the federal SBIR/STTR programs. She has trained thousands of entrepreneurs on how to prepare winning proposals for R&D funding and coached hundreds of companies one-on-one through the rigorous process. The "girl with the curl"  joined BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting (BBCetc) as managing partner in 1997 when the company was known as Biotechnology Business Consultants.  Under Lisa's leadership, BBCetc has expanded its reach, developing expertise in the SBIR/STTR programs of all 11 participating federal agencies, which award more than $2.6 billion in non-dilutive R&D  grants and contracts to small...
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