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Encountering Innovation Convention 2023


Encountering Innovation is an ongoing program that culminates in an annual conference brought to you by the 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. Click here to see registration fees.


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


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

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Cancellations and Requests for Refunds

Requests for refunds must be done in writing and emailed to  Registrants who are unable to attend must email their refund request on or before November 5, 2023.  No refunds will be issued for requests received after 12:00am Central Time, November 6, 2023.  Refunds will not be issued for no-shows. 

Company Attendee Substitutions

One company attendee per registration (sharing is prohibited). Registration substitutions are allowed – please contact CE Registration at 913-469-2323 on or before 4:00pm CT, November 10, 2023.  

Government Personnel

Contact to register.

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