The Encountering Innovation Initiative is offered by the Kansas Small Business Development Center. Our network of Tech Advisors will work with you from the time of your initial idea through the final commercialization of your technology.
The Kansas SBDC staff uses a model developed by H. Randall Goldsmith, Ph.D. as a tool to determine the status of your innovation from the perspective of technology, market, and business and to identify your next best steps. *Goldsmith model link provided by Nebraska Business Development Center*
Preparation for Encountering Innovation Connections
Your advisors will work with you as you prepare to present your technology at Encountering Innovation events. They will help you prepare your Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF), quad chart, information paper, pitch, and poster board display for Encountering Innovation events.
Support with SBIR/STTR Programs
Kansas SBDC Tech Advisors receive significant training on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs so that they can more effectively work with you to search solicitations and develop proposals. One of our tech advisors successfully completed a number of SBIR Phase I and II contracts and can lend valuable insight into the processes.
We offer a resource guide that serves as a practical reference for beginners and a quick reference for more experienced participants.
Encountering Innovation Practice Pitch Sessions
Innovators who have been accepted to pitch in Encountering Innovation 2019 have the opportunity to practice their pitch to an audience of Kansas SBDC advisors on Thursday and Friday, September 12th and 13th, 2019. These practice sessions will be held at the Johnson County Community College’s main campus in Overland Park, KS. Each practice session will be 30 minutes in length, which will provide enough time to pitch and to receive feedback from the team. Sign-up for your pitch practice session at this link: https://volunteersignup.org/JAF8J.
Although it will be beneficial to practice your pitch in person, those that cannot travel to this event can participate by connecting via video conference. Contact Jack Harwell at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for your pitch to be a video conference. These sessions are offered at no-cost.
The Encountering Innovation Application Process
Get help identifying how your technology matches DoD needs.
Learn how to develop a Quad Chart and Information Paper for your application. Hear what Tech Scouts want from your pitch.
Contact the Kansas SBDC at Wichita State at or call 316-978-3193 for more information.
Training and Networking Opportunities from Resource Partners
Inventors Club of NE Arkansas
Denver Metro Area Rocky Mountain Investors Association (RMIA)
Iowa Inventors Group
Oklahoma Investors Congress (OIC)