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Innovation Research provides unique opportunities to small businesses

Yes, dealing with the federal government is complicated. And yes – there can be barriers for small businesses who are attempting to compete with larger, more experienced firms. But there is at least one area where being a small business or a start up has a great advantage over a larger more established firm: innovation research. Small businesses are nimble,  much more likely to be able to think outside the box, and can adapt and pivot easier than a large business.

If you are into innovation research and the idea of bringing a new innovative product to market is of interest to you, you may want to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program is designed specifically for small businesses (or start ups) that are able to bring a particular expertise or solution to a current challenge faced by one of eleven different federal agencies.

Your Washington PTAC has team members who are focused on the SBIR program. We can help you explore the program and determine if it is right for you.

You can learn more by visiting  https://www.innovationstation-ptac.org/

Upcoming SBIR Related events:

December 7 – 9:00 – 10:00 am – SBIR 101 register 

December 16 – 9:00 – 10:30 – Department of Defense SBIR Topics for 2022 register 

These programs are presented in part by The Pacific Northwest Mission Acceleration Center (PNW MAC)

The PNW MAC’s goal is to remove barriers to engagement and accelerate defense innovation, serving as the center of gravity for the Pacific Northwest startup and venture communities, academia, and local and federal partners, to support the Department of Defense. PNW MAC is a partnership with Navy Tech Bridge, Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), Impact Washington and Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC).

Questions? Feel free to reach out to Kate Hoy, khoy@thurstonedc.com with any questions!

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