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NOVEMBER 2–3, 2016 | INNOVATOR TRAINING TOUR

Come together with other inventors, innovators, and researchers in your community to learn key concepts all idea people need to know. Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP), a Department of Commerce program, is hosting a free workshop covering topics related to moving your invention from idea to market. MTIP counselor Christie Bell leads this one-hour presentation on Intellectual Property, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market. Lunch is provided! Presentations will take place in Billings and Lame Deer.

View the invitation to learn more about the event.


NOVEMBER 1, 2016 | DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) SBIR/STTR WEBINAR

The Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Program would like to invite you to take part in an informational webinar for the DOE SBIR/STTR Program. Just in time for the October 31 Phase I release, this one hour long webinar will cover a general overview of the DOE SBIR/STTR Program and feature a Phase I/Phase II recipient of DOE SBIR funds.

Webinar Presenters:

Chris O'Gwin, DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Office
Office of Science
U.S. Department of Energy
Chris.OGwin@science.doe.gov
(301) 903-5713

Michael Thorpe, DOE SBIR Phase I/Phase II
Principal Investigator
Bridger Photonics, Inc.
Thorpe@bridgerphotonics.com
(406) 585-2774

View the invitation to learn more about the event.


AUGUST 31, 2016 | INNOVATOR TRAINING TOUR

Come together with other inventors, innovators and researchers in your community to learn key concepts all idea people need to know. Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) is hosting a free workshop covering topics related to moving your invention from idea to market. MTIP counselor Christie Bell leads this one-hour presentation on Intellectual Property, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market. Presentation will take place in Havre.

View the invitation to learn more about the event.


MAY 16, 2016 | NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION SBIR/STTR INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR 

Tune in to this free informational webinar to learn about the NSF SBIR/STTR Program directly from the Program Director, just in time for the current solicitation (closing June 16, 2016). Also, hear firsthand from a recent SBIR Phase I grantee about their experience with the application process and what SBIR funding means for her innovation. Register for the free webinar!

Presenters include:

Peter Atherton, Program Director, SBIR/STTR
Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships
National Science Foundation

Sarah Lukes, Founder, CEO
Agile Focus Designs

This webinar is hosted by the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Program of the Montana Department of Commerce, and is funded in part by the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program, U.S. Small Business Administration.


MAY 23-25, 2016  | SBIR/STTR NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Where: Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center, Washington, DC, National Harbor

SBIR/STTR programs are the nation's largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding for small business. At this conference you’ll learn how to participate and compete for funding in these two programs that encourage small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) and to commercialize your technological innovations.

As a supporting partner, MTIP is pleased to offer a 10% discounted rate to attend the Conference. When registering, please use code: 16MTTIP10.

The Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) will be represented at the conference, and we encourage you to take advantage of this unique networking opportunity. The conference will provide opportunities to interact with government SBIR/STTR program managers and staff, industry leaders and veteran SBIR/STTR awardees to learn how to access SBIR/STTR, build partnerships, and create successful commercialization strategies.

View the announcement for more information about the conference.


APRIL 14-15, 2016 | INNOVATOR TRAINING TOUR

Come together with other inventors, innovators and researchers in your community to learn key concepts all idea people need to know. Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) is hosting a free workshop covering topics related to moving your invention from idea to market. MTIP counselor Christie Bell leads this one-hour presentation on Intellectual Property, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market. Presentations will take place in Pablo, Browning, and Great Falls.

View the invitation to learn more about the event.


FEBRUARY 10, 2016 | NIH SBIR/STTR Program Overview Webinar

Tune in for an engaging presentation that provides a comprehensive overview of the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) SBIR/STTR Program. Learn about their upcoming solicitations and have your questions answered by a direct representative from NIH's SBIR/STTR Program!

This webinar is hosted by the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Program of the Montana Department of Commerce, and is helped made possible by the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program, U.S. Small Business Administration.


 

MTIP Events

MTIP attends and presents at many Montana events, conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the year. To request that MTIP attend or present at your event, contact by email or call (406) 841-2734.

MTIP Spring Lunch & Learn Tour

You are invited to attend MTIP’s spring “Lunch & Learn” tour. Attend the lunch at Blackstone Launchpad to learn more about what SBIR/STTR can do for your research and development ideas, then learn how to protect your ideas and take them to the marketplace at Ravalli County EDA. Contact Lindsey Hagmaier, MTIP Program Manager for more details and to reserve your spot. RSVP at DOCMTIP@mt.gov/406-841-2734 by Monday, April 17th to ensure your spot!

 

Blackstone Launchpad @ the University of Montana Missoula, MT

Topic: SBIR/STTR R&D Grant Program – Accessing America’s Seed Fund
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 12-1pm
Where: Room 015 First Floor Gilkey Building 950 Arthur Ave. Missoula, MT 59801

 

Ravalli County EDA Hamilton, MT

Topic: Intellectual Property, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market
When: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 12-1pm
Where: 274 Old Corvallis Rd., Suite A Hamilton, MT 59840

 

View the invitation to learn more about the event.


SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

Who:    Innovators, Entrepreneurs, People with an Idea
What:   Rural Innovators Roundtable
When:  Thursday, September 24, 2015 starting at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Founders Room in the Student Center at the University of Great Falls
Cost:    Free, but please RSVP to MTIP

Come together with other inventors, innovators and researchers in your community to learn key concepts all idea people need to know. The Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP), a Montana Department of Commerce program, is hosting a workshop covering topics related to moving your invention from idea to market. Subjects in this one-hour presentation include Intellectual Property Lite, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market. This roundtable-style event is free and open to the public, and is made possible by the Federal and State Partnership (FAST) Program, U.S. Small Business Administration.

To RSVP or to find out more about the event, please send us an email.

This presentation is co-sponsored by the  Great Falls Small Business Development Center, which provides business consulting to improve the success of small businesses in a seven-county region that includes Glacier, Toole, Teton, Pondera, Cascade, Judith Basin and Fergus counties.


APRIL 2015

What: Lunch & Learn: Win R&D Funding for Your Early Stage Technology from the National Science Foundation
When: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: MSU Engineering and Physical Sciences Building, Room 127

In this free session, you'll learn how you can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in R&D funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that does not have to be matched or repaid. In just one lunch hour, you'll get up to speed on the SBIR/STTR programs, qualification requirements and the application process. We'll touch on ways that academic researchers can participate in these small business programs. You'll also hear about free proposal development and submission assistance that may be available to you. Of course, we'll leave plenty of time to answer your specific questions as well.

These events are made possible through a partnership between the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership.

For more information, contact Phillip Luebke at 406-994-7748 or phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org.


FEBRUARY / MARCH 2015

What: Lunch & Learn: How to Fund Your Innovation with an SBIR award
When: Wed, February 18, 2015 noon - 1:00 pm - NIH
Wed, March 25, 2015 noon - 1:00 pm - NIST Department of Commerce
Where: Montana State University Engineering and Physical Sciences Building, room 127

Bring your lunch and learn how you can tap into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to fund your research or R&D. In this free session, you'll learn how you can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal funding that does not have to be matched or repaid.

Representatives from TechLink and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership will get you quickly up to speed on the SBIR program, qualification requirements and the application process. You'll also hear about free proposal development and submission assistance that may be available to you. Of course, we'll leave plenty of time to answer your specific questions as well.

This event is made possible through a partnership between the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership.

For more information, contact Phillip Luebke at 406-994-7748 or phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org.


JANUARY 2015

What: Lunch & Learn: How to Fund Your Startup with an SBIR from the Department of Defense
When: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 from noon - 1:00 pm
Where: Montana State University Engineering and Physical Sciences Building, room 127

Bring your lunch and learn how you can tap into the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to fund your research or technology-based startup. In this session, you'll learn how you can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars of early-stage R&D seed funding that does not have to be matched or repaid. Representatives from TechLink and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership will get you quickly up to speed on the SBIR program, qualification requirements and the application process. You'll also hear about free proposal development and submission assistance that may be available to you. Of course, we'll leave plenty of time to answer your specific questions as well.

Entrepreneurs and researchers with interests in all areas are welcome to attend, although this session will be focused on funding from the Department of Defense (DoD).

This event is made possible through a partnership between the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, the MSU TechLink Center and the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership.

For more information, contact Phillip Luebke at 406-994-7748 or phillip.luebke@techlinkcenter.org.

OCTOBER 15, 2014

MTIP will host a meeting of the State Technology Partnership Committee (STPC) in Helena, MT Oct 15, 2014. STPC is an informal mentoring network of committed local, state, university, and federally elected leaders charged with supporting the technology-based sector of the state's economy. MTIP convenes the STPC participants twice a year. Members include representatives from the state’s Congressional offices; the Governor's office; the technology-transfer offices at the state’s two universities; Montana Tech; the Montana Department of Commerce Director; the state SBDC program; the Department of Defense TechLink program; the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center; the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology; Montana BioScience Alliance and guest participants.


SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2014

MTIP in conjunction with TechLink and MSU's Office of Research and Economic Development partnership provides SBIR/STTR Program outreach on MSU campus. View schedule of events here.


SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

MTIP, in partnership with Blackstone Launchpad, Headwaters RC&D, UM Dillon and Beaverhead County Planning will host an Entrepreneurial Outreach event in Dillon, MT Sept 30th. Meetings will take place on UM Dillon campus in the Swysgood Technology Center (STC) and at 33 E Helena St Downtown Dillon. Click here for more info about campus event. Click here for more info on the downtown event. Please join us to find out about launching your entrepreneurial business venture and the services available to support your efforts.


SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

David Sikora, Program Manager for the Air Force SBIR/STTR Program, will be touring the Rocky Mountain West providing outreach to former, current and potential SBIR/STTR participants. Please join David in Bozeman Sept 22nd from 8:00am - noon, Monday Sept 22nd in the WTI/MMEC Conference Room at 2310 University Way, Building 2. David will be offering one-on-one sessions.

Agenda
8-8:30 Meet and greet
8:30-9:30 - SBIR/STTR Program Overview with Ray Friesenhahn of TechLink
9:30-11:00 - David Sikora discusses Air Force SBIR/STTR Program with Q&A
11-12:30 - One-on-One session with David Sikora, AF SBIR/STTR Program Manager


SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Please join Montana Small Business Administration (SBA) and Department of Commerce Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Program for a Department of Defense (DoD) sponsored webinar. This webinar will cover the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for the Department of Defense. Find out how much money is available for Research and Development, how to take advantage of the program as a Small Business, what you need to do to start today.


JULY 2014

MTIP, in conjunction with local Economic Development providers, will host Rural Roundtable Innovator events late July. These events provide information to Innovators about importance of knowing what ideas to protect, how to protect them, who can help you get started moving your ideas forward and what resources are available to assist. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Schedule of events:
July 28th - Host - Big Sky Economic Development Authority - 1-3:30pm
222 N 32nd, Suite 200, Yellowstone Confer Rm, Billings

July 29th - Host - Southeastern Montana Development Corp - 9-11:30am
Miles City Community College, Rm #106, Miles City

July 30th - Host - Great Northern Development Corp - 1-3:30pm
233 Cascade, SMDC Conf Rm #233, Wolf Point

July 31st - Host - Bear Paw Development Corp - 9-11:30am
48 Second Ave, Havre

Aug 1st - Snowy Mountain Development Corp - 9-11:30am
613 NE Main, Lewistown

RSVP and Questions contact Audrey Wooding at (406) 994-3885

NOVEMBER 2013

MTIP and the University of Montana Office Of Technology Transfer will host a meeting of the State and Technology Innovation Partnership Committee (STPC) in Missoula. STPC is an informal mentoring network of committed local, state, university, and federally elected leaders charged with supporting the technology-based sector of the state's economy. MTIP convenes the STPC participants three times a year. Member include representatives from the state’s Congressional offices; the Governor's office; the technology-transfer offices at the state’s two universities; the Montana Department of Commerce Director; the state SBDC program; the Department of Defense TechLink program; the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center; the Montana Board of Research and commercialization Technology; and occasional guest participants of interest.


OCTOBER 2013

MEDA Meeting - Early October
MTIP staff travels to Sidney, MT for the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Fall Conference on October 2-4. The Montana Economic Developers Association sponsors educational seminars, workshops and conferences to advance the economic development profession. MEDA is a coordinator for the statewide economic development workshops that provide intense training for economic developers interested in obtaining certification. We conduct research to stimulate the interchange of ideas and experiences between individuals with mutual goals and interests. The association also develops network and communications systems to disseminate information and acts as a clearinghouse and contact point within Montana for other state, regional, national and international economic development organizations and agencies.

MTIP’s outreach efforts often includes meeting new economic development service providers and educating them on the SBIR/STTR opportunity and the specialized funding needs of technology based enterprises. MTIP attends key events that attract service providers around the state such as the MEDA semi-annual meetings.

National Institutes of Health 15th Annual Conference
October 28th-30th, MTIP Program Manager, Christie Bell, will attend the small business research funding conference hosted by the University of South Dakota Research Park, Inc. The conference theme is, "How to be Competitive in a World of Change: Opportunities Through SBIR/STTR." Close to 500 are expected to attend this National Institutes of Health 15th annual conference to be held at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. The meeting focuses on assisting small businesses throughout the region participate in the national SBIR program with an objective toward commercializing health-related research. Early bird registration end September 30th for this event.

Conference website - www.usdresearchpark.com


SEPTEMBER 2013

This fall, MTIP is proud to participate in the 6th Jobs Summit on September 16 and 17 in Butte, MT. MTIP will be stationed at its technical assistance booth and will be on-hand to provide help with intellectual property concerns, SBIR/STTR, early stage seed capital, and technology commercialization planning. The jobs summit will feature all-star keynote speakers including some of the most innovative business leaders of our time along with ambassadors from some of the world’s most dynamic economies. The summit will also feature more than 40 breakout panel sessions tailored to every aspect of business from writing a business plan to getting your business online, learning how to export and the best ways to access capital. Register at: http://montanajobssummit.com/register or find more information at http://montanajobssummit.com/2013/baucus-announces-registration-now-open-for-6th-jobs-summit.


AUGUST 2013

MTIP will be on site at the Native American Development Corporation's 5th Annual Economic Development and Procurement Conference. The theme this year is "Investing in Our Communities." The event, held at the Northern Hotel in Billings, features marketing, government contracting, community planning, and much more. MTIP will provide free technical assistance on the SBIR/STTR research funding opportunities as well as intellectual property information for all business concerns.


JULY 2013

The MTIP office relocated to Bozeman, MT and is now sharing space within the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center facility on the Montana State University Campus. The new location address is: 2310 University Way, Building 2, Suite 1, Bozeman, MT 59715. The new phone number is: (406) 994-3885.


JUNE 2013

MTIP launches the last webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The sixth webinar, titled Commercialization, taught by MTIP counselor, Marti Elder, answers the following questions: What are the two basic types of business models a tech-based company can pursue? What do these models require to be successful? What is the 'Valley of Death'? What is the difference between commercialization planning and business planning? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.


MAY 2013

5/23
MTIP staff will be exhibiting at the 2013 Women to Women Conference, entitled 'Empowering Women to move Forward in Business and Life'. The conference is hosted by Prospera Business Network and takes place in Bozeman, MT.

5/22
The State Technology Partnership Committee (STPC), organized by MTIP, will meet in Bozeman on May 22. The STPC is a collaboration of government, university, and private sector representatives who's Members promote and nurture technology-based business opportunities in Montana.

5/17
MTIP and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serving Wolf Point-area businesses will be hosting an informative social event by invitation only, hosted by SBDC Director Lorene Hintz. Floating Island International will be speaking at the event. The presentation will be followed by networking time, allowing participants to meet other companies in their area. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to coordinate this event as part of the Tech ED curriculum funded by MSU EPSCoR.

5/16
MTIP and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) serving Havre-area businesses will be hosting an informative social event by invitation only, hosted by SBDC Director Joe LaPlante. Floating Island International will be speaking at the event. The presentation will be followed by networking time, allowing participants to meet other companies in their area. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to coordinate this event as part of the Tech ED curriculum funded by MSU EPSCoR.

5/7-5/10
MTIP staff will be attending the MEDA 2013 Spring Conference in Hamilton, MT. This conference will be "Celebrating 20 Years of Partnership and Progress," and will feature a pre-conference professional development course on "Managing Organizations for Efficiencies and Sustainability" by Dr. David Kolzow, as well as tours of Hamilton-area businesses.

5/7
MTIP launches the fourth webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The fourth webinar, titled Intellectual Property, taught by MTIP counselor, Marti Elder, answers the following questions: What are the primary forms of intellectual property protection? Patents do not provide the rights of ownership; what do they provide rights to? Why is 'public disclosure' important? What can you do to help a client protect their intellectual property assets? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.


APRIL 2013

4/24-4/25
The Small Business Development Network's (SBDC) Invest in Success event is an annual favorite for many small businesses across the state. This action-packed conference hosts dynamic speakers on timely topics. This year's keynote is Michael Shuman, Director of Research at Cutting Edge Capital and Director of Economic Development at the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). Michael is a current Fellow at the Post Carbon Institute and holds an AB with Distinction in Economics and International Relations from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School. He has authored and edited seven books, including The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses are Beating the Global Competition, Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in the Global Age, and most recently Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity.

MTIP staff will attend the event and teach a workshop entitled, "Increase Your Completive Edge."

4/3
MTIP launches the third webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The third webinar, titled Financing the Tech-Based Enterprise, answers the following questions: What are the key factors MTIP uses to determine appropriate financing for the client? What qualifications must the applicant company fill to be eligible for SBIR/STTR? What can SBIR/STTR award funds be used for? What can they not be used for? Who retains the rights of the developed technology of an SBIR/STTR project? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.


MARCH 2013

MTIP launches the second webinar in a series of six in the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum. The second webinar, titled Specialized Services for Technology Clients, answers the following questions: What is meant by Commercialization IQ? How does a technology client secure the right to own and profit from their innovation? What is the difference between product development and research development? This series is funded by a grant from MSU under their EPSCoR funding. MTIP was commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center to produce this curriculum.


FEBRUARY 2013

February 2013 begins another year of the SBDC Tech ED Curriculum Series! Now in the second year running, MTIP, commissioned by the SBDC Lead Center and with funding from MSU under an EPSCoR grant, will be launching the first webinar in a series of six. This first webinar, Overview of Technology-Based Economic Development (TBED), provides an introduction to economic development service providers on what TBED is and why it's important in our economy. Send MTIP an email to find out more about this curriculum.


JANUARY 2013

1/22
MTIP staff participated in the Missoula Chamber's 'Small Business Resource Fair'; crowds of local businesses participated, and MTIP provided on-site technical assistance in Intellectual Property (such as copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and patents), and met with other technology-based companies seeking SBIR funding.

1/15
MTIP participates with the Business Resources Division of the Montana Department of Commerce during Rotunda Day at the Capital. All programs of the Business Resources Division were featured on the Division display, including program flyers and contact information.
 


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