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Monday, October 14 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
An Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs: Non-Dilutive Funding to Research, Develop and Commercialize New Products, Services and Processes for Worldwide Markets

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Join us to learn about two federal programs that offer non-dilutive research and development funding for startups and small businesses launching new technologies with strong potential for commercialization.

Successfully launching an unproven technology requires years of hard work and millions of dollars. And because women-owned firms confront unique barriers to investment, their pathway is even more challenging.

The federal government offers two critical non-dilutive funding programs that support research and development in startups and existing small businesses with technologies in science, technology, and engineering that have strong potential for commercialization. There is now an increased focused on ensuring women-owned firms participate in these programs.

The $3B Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs offer startups and small businesses to turn their technologies into products, services and/or processes for domestic and international markets. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR and STTR programs are the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.

MNSBIR, a division of the Minnesota High Tech Association, is the designated resource in Minnesota to assist seed, early-stage, emerging and existing small businesses to strategically access SBIR/STTR funding. MNSBIR services are free to Minnesota firms through its funding from the Small Business Administration and the Department of Employment and Economic Development.


Ms. Pat Dillon has facilitated more than $100M in SBIR/STTR funding since 1994. Pat is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership of MNSBIR and its services. In 1999 Pat was awarded the prestigious SBA Tibbetts Award, a national award for excellence in the SBIR/STTR Programs, and she is a 2001 recipient of the City Business’ 25 Most Innovative Woman Award (now the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal). She has served on commercialization review committees at the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Agriculture and was the principal investigator of an Office of Naval Research contract for SBIR outreach in a five-state region for the first-ever SWIFT Tour (SBIR/STTR Where Innovation Focuses on Technology).

Pat is a retired United States Navy Commander with 40 years of service (active and reserve), aviation and intelligence communities. She is a combat veteran having served 10 months in Kabul, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Pat earned an MBA and a BS in Business Administration from Winona State University, Winona, MN.

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Pat Dillon

Director, MNSBIR, Minnesota High Tech Association
Pat Dillon has facilitated more than $100M in SBIR/STTR funding since 1994. As the “go-to-person” in Minnesota, Pat is a recognized leader and supporter of innovation and entrepreneurship nationally. She is a 1999 recipient of the prestigious Small Business Administration’s... Read More →

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