SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Workshop, Bioscience Vision Summit, and Career Connections Events

Hosted by the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Network and BioForward

SBIR/STTR Funding for Life Sciences Workshop


When: Tuesday, September 11th, 8:30 AM-4:00 PM

Where: The Pyle Center, Madison WI.

Cost: There is no cost to attend. Lunch is included.

What: A workshop for leaders and researchers in life sciences firms along with faculty members, graduate students and post docs interested in exploring SBIR/STTR funding opportunities. We will cover essential information for crafting a competitive SBIR/STTR proposal. By attending, you will be able to determine if this source of funding is right for your work. You will gain instruction on the ins and outs of preparing a proposal to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including both technical and commercialization plans, and navigating the often complicated submission process. We will also cover Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) programs as they too fund projects in life sciences.

Who Should Attend?

·  Technology-based entrepreneurs and small companies seeking funding for R&D with an interest in submitting a SBIR/STTR proposal

·  Faculty members, graduate students and post docs who are interested in learning about this transitional funding mode as your research interests move towards commercialization.

What You’ll Come Away With:

·  Up-to-date information on the SBIR/STTR program

·  Strategies for targeting your proposal to meet an Agency’s mission and requirements

·  Technological innovation and commercial merit – what this really means

·  Common pitfalls and how to avoid them

·  The importance of commercialization and why it is so critical to successful proposals

·  How to write the proposal to meet the reviewers’ expectations

·  Navigating the often complicated process of actual submission

·  What to do after submission (whether you are funded or not

Bioscience Vision Summit

Registration: Early Registration discounts

When: Wednesday, September 12th, 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Where: Monona Terrace, Madison WI

What: Over 500 attendees will participate in sessions on emerging trends and growth opportunities in Wisconsin’s unique bioscience sectors in life sciences, medical devices, energy and agriculture; networking with industry suppliers in the exhibit hall and national industry professionals and post-docs at the Biotech Happy Hour closing reception.

Career Connections Seminar (Concurrent with the Bioscience Vision Summit


When: Wednesday, September 12th, 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Where: Monona Terrace, Madison WI

What: The Career Connections Seminar provides the opportunity to interact with top bioscience industry professionals, establish valuable bioscience industry contacts, the chance to ask questions personally, and grant you priceless resume-building opportunities.

Some of the questions our panelists and speakers hope to answer include:

• How should YOU promote YOU?

• What if I’m interested in being a young entrepreneur?

• What should my job search strategy look like?

• How do I write professionally?

• What if I don’t want to follow a traditional career path?

And many more!