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Encountering Innovation

Summer Edition


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 Advanced Manufacturers. 


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. If you are selected, you will be notified by email. Being selected to pitch does not guarantee that you will be offered support to commercialize your technology.


​If you are selected to pitch, you will be notified by email.


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. 


I have presented at a previous convention or am a regisgtered Kansas SBDC client.


This is my first time presenting and am not a registered Kansas SBDC client.

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