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The SBA SBIR Road Tour is coming to Hawaii! HTDC is pleased to host this National program as part of the HI SBIR Biennial Conference. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, post doc, graduate student or small technology firm, take advantage of this coveted local opportunity to hear directly from federal agency program managers, and meet one-on-one with program decision makers.

Conference Details

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September 18-19 2017
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa (map)
Waikiki Ballroom

2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

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Federal Program Managers representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding will be here to meet with you. If you’re an innovator, entrepreneur, researcher, post doc, graduate student or small technology firm, take advantage of this coveted opportunity to meet one-on-one with program decision makers. Get Funded!

Highlights Include:

  • Seed funding your Idea using SBIR
  • Tips to winning SBIR from local companies
  • Go to market with Miltech and RTI International
  • Meet Private funding partners Canaan and Hawaii Angels
  • SBIR Agency Funding Priorities
  • Meet local resources available to innovators, researchers, and technology entrepreneurs
  • Inside the Head of an Evaluator: Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes
  • Technology Alignment, Opportunities, and Funding from the Warfighter (Defense focused)
  • Meet One-on-One with SBIR/STTR Program Managers
  • Learn more about HSBIR Matching Grants

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More about the SBA SBIR Road Tour


  • The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive United States Government non-dilutive funding source, coordinated by the Small Business Administration. It is intended to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development (R&D). Funding takes the form of contracts or grants and the awardee projects must have the potential for commercialization while meeting specific U.S. Government R&D requirements. Funds are obtained by allocating a certain percentage of the total extramural (R&D) budgets of the 11 federal agencies with extramural research budgets in excess of $100 million. Approximately, $2.5 billion is awarded through the program each year with each agency administering its own individual program within the guidelines established by Congress.

Conference Day 1

Agenda - Monday September 18, 2017

* Subject to change

7:30 – 8:00 AM   Registration/Contintental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:15 AM   Welcome/Opening Remarks Robbie Melton – Executive Director, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation
8:15 – 8:45 AM   America’s Seed Fund – SBIR/STTR Overview John Williams
8:45 – 9:40 AM   SBIR Agencies Reverse Pitches
9:40 – 10:20 AM   Granting Agencies Panel
10:20 – 10:35 AM   Break
10:35 – 11:20 AM   Business with the War Fighter-Technology Alignment
11:20 – 12:20 PM   Lessons Learned and Common Mistakes
12:20 – 1:30 PM   Keynote Lunch
1:45 – 5:30 PM   One on One Meetings with Agencies and Funding Resources: Experienced Companies
1:45 – 2:30 PM   Federal Labs Consortium (tentative)
2:30 – 3:30 PM   To File or Not to File – Intellectual Property
3:30 – 3:45 PM   Break
3:45 – 4:15 PM   Learn from the Best – SBIR Tibbets Award Winners panel
4:15 – 5:00 PM   Do’s and Don’ts – Proposal Writing
5:30 – 7:00 PM   Networking Reception


Conference Day 2

Agenda - Tuesday September 19, 2017

* Subject to change

7:30 – 8:00 AM   Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 12:00 PM   One on One Meetings with Agencies and Funding and Commercialization Resources
8:00 – 8:15 AM   Welcome/Opening Remarks
8:15 – 8:30 AM   Governor State of HI (invited)
8:30 – 11:30 AM   COMMERCIALIZATION RESOURCES: Essentials of Getting Your Product Into the Market
10:15 – 10:30 AM   Break
11:45 – 1:00 PM   Lunch / Keynote Speaker
1:30 – 2:30 PM   Funding Your Company Through Government Resources
2:30 – 3:30 PM   Accessing Private Funding (Cannan Partners, Hawaii Angels, Sultan Ventures)
3:30 PM   Closing Remarks

One on One Meetings

The conference provides a unique opportunity to speak directly with Federal SBIR Program Managers about your company's assets and potential alignment with government priorities. Many of these managers rarely come to Hawaii.  The conference also provides opportunity to connect with a variety of local and national resources.

Participating Agencies

  • Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Department of Commerce – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • Department of Defense – Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Navy
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Department of Energy (DOE)
  • Department of Health and Human Services – National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA)

Additional Resources

  • Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii
  • Canaan Partners – Venture Capital
  • Hawaii Angels – Angel Group
  • Lockheed
  • Miltech – Transitioning Technology to Warfighter
  • RTI International – Technology Drive Market Intelligence
  • Small Business Administration-Hawaii
  • USDA – Hi Regional Office
  • XLR8UH – Venture Accelerator Program
  • INNOVATE Hawaii
  • Hawaii Technology Development Corporation


Matching Grants

Attendees will learn more about the matching grants provided by HTDC through the HSBIR program.  Applicants must have received federal SBIR grants or contracts to qualify for the state matching grant program. The HSBIR programs provides up to 50% match for companies receiving SBIR awards. Companies may apply also for reimbursement for grant writing costs for their initial grant application.



Early Registration until Aug 20th


Standard Registration (Aug 21-Sept 11)


Walk-in (Sept 12-Sept 19)


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