Encountering Innovation 2021 Application


Encountering Innovation is an ongoing program that culminates in an annual conference brought to you by the Kansas SBDC Tech Innovation Center.


Your application constitutes responding to our survey, which has two focused portions, (1) the Tech Transfer / Innovation Discovery portion and (2) the Matchmaking for Federal Primes and Small Businesses portion.  This is a collaborative application process. Your application is ONLY being judged by our Science Advisor to match your technology innovation with federal government needs (see Combatant Command Common Capability Needs) and your Technical Readiness Level (TRL).  Everything else on your application is a work in progress up to the day of the conference.

Please be aware that submitting an application does not guarantee that you will be selected to pitch or exhibit. If you are selected, you will be notified by email. Being selected to pitch or exhibit does not guarantee that you will be offered support to commercialize your technology.


​If you are selected to pitch and/or exhibit your poster board, you will be notified by email and given a deadline to register for Encountering Innovation Week. There is no fee to apply, but if you are accepted to present, you will be required to register for the event and pay a fee.

If you are currently NOT a Kansas SBDC client:
When you start your application, you will be taken to the Kansas Small Business Development Center site. Click "new client signup" on the left to create an account by entering your name, email, and a password you want to use. You will then respond to a series of questions about your business. You will then be taken to the Encountering Innovation intake page. If you have any difficulty with your application, please email eiadmin@ksbdc.net. Click the "Apply for EI 2021" button below.

If you are currently a Kansas SBDC Client and would like to apply, fill out the form below and submit:




Prepare Before Submitting
Once you submit the intake and application, you cannot log back in to edit. If you need to make changes, please work with your assigned Small Business Development Center Advisor. Use the application preview so that you are ready with the information you need. 

Thank you! One of our advisors will be in touch with you shortly.

So you've applied. Now what? Take a look below and find out what to expect on the road to the Encountering Innovation conference.