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Doolittle Institute connects business, Air Force at 4th Annual Seminar

Niceville, FL (9 June 2020) The Doolittle Institute wrapped up its fourth annual Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Tech Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Seminar last Thursday. 

Over 300 people registered to learn more about the Air Force SBIR/STTR program. Virtual discussions were led by six speakers, including David Shahady of the U.S. Air Force SBIR/STTR Program; Angela Grayson, a Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Technology Law attorney; Rich Julien of Amazon Web Services’ Public Sector Venture Capital and Startups; Major Christopher Benson of AFWERX; Lt. Col. Aneel Alvares of the Defense Innovation Unit; and Stacy Swider from the SBIR Center of Excellence at UMass Lowell Research Institute.

“Great line up of speakers,commented Robert Klees, the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Wright Brothers Institute in Dayton, OH. “And I enjoyed hearing the latest and greatest about FY 20 AF SBIR cycle plans – it has naturally been a little disruptive on both sides of the fence, and the Air Force SBIR Leadership did a nice job of providing clarity.

The Doolittle Institute hosts a SBIR/STTR event each year. The event serves as an opportunity for businesses and academia to discover ways to engage with the Air Force. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this year marked the first time the event was held virtually. Speakers discussed a variety of topics, like how to navigate through the Defense Innovation Unit process, understanding the legal fundamentals of collaborating on jointly developed technologies, and tips for writing proposals. 

Entities outside of the Air Force innovation ecosystem considered the SBIR/STTR Seminar indispensable. That was one of the most useful & wellorganized webinars I have ever attended, wrote Rich Holloman, Founder and CVO of Mobodyne.

The Doolittle Institute, an AFRL Innovation Institute, supports the Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate by working to license and commercialize AFRL/RW technologies in the private sector, enable rapid technology delivery to the warfighter, identify and foster new R&D partnerships and develop AFRL’s current and future workforce. The Doolittle Institute is a member of the Defensewerx Family.

For more information about opportunities to collaborate with the Air Force, please contact the Doolittle Institute at (850) 226-4383 or at 

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