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The inaugural Innovation and Opportunity Conference: Advancing Aerospace and Defense brings together NASA experts, small businesses, startups, research institutions and large businesses/prime contractors for a technology and commercialization event. The Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC) provides opportunities for companies at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators looking to expand and actively participate in tomorrow's aerospace and defense.

  • Hear about NASA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs
  • Interact directly with NASA experts and learn how to participate
  • Learn about large businesses’ advanced development/research development priorities and projects and connect with their teams
  • Participate in multiple opportunities to connect with federal agencies and primes, including two full days of matchmaking and one-on-one meetings


• Get an in-depth look at near and long-term needs from more than 20 NASA experts

• Meet one-on-one with federal agency representatives to discuss your specific questions

• Learn about your opportunities from both the public and private sectors

• Gain an analyst’s perspective on the aerospace and defense market outlook

agenda highlights:

• NASA Agency-Wide and Mission Directorate Visions and Strategic Priorities

• NASA SBIR/STTR Program Overview & Updates

• Commercialization & Infusion Opportunities Across Agencies

• Other Accelerated Government Funding Opportunities

• NASA Future Technology Needs

• Writing Responsive Proposals for NASA

• Office of Small Business Programs & Mentor Protégé Program

• STTR Overview and Panel of Research Institutions

• Technology Commercialization Panel: Stories from the Trenches

• Small Business Resource Rapid-Fire: How we can help

• Elevator Accelerator: Pitch Your Innovation!

• Ask Me Anything” Plenary


• Steve Jurczyk, NASA Associate Administrator

• Jenn Gustetic, NASA SBIR/STTR Program Executive

• Therese Gabriel, NASA STD Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs

• NASA Principal Technologists, Mission Directorate Representatives, and Contracting Experts

• NASA Game Changing Development, Small Spacecraft Technology Programs, Tipping Point, and Flight Opportunities

• Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

• Small Business Administration (SBA)

• U.S. Air Force

• University of Colorado Boulder - Office of Industry Collaboration | AeroSpace Ventures

• Scott Tibbitts, Katasi CEO

• Erica Dawson, InDevR

• Jack Elston, Black Swift Technologies

• Ed Baron, Braxton Technologies

• University of Virginia Seed Fund

• AAMU RISE Foundation

• NIST Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR)

• Department of Energy SBIR & NREL Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

• MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator

• And more, including other small and large businesses, exhibitors, and attendees!

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