Western Wyoming Community College will host the Wyoming Innovation Road Tour on Tuesday April 17th from 1:00 to 3:00PM in room 1229E.
A statewide tour of Wyoming’s community colleges begins to bring funding and business assistance resources to entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators. This series of events will deliver information about programs available to fund technology advancements and will also provide an opportunity to meet with successful technology entrepreneurs in Wyoming.
The Wyoming Innovation Road Tour focusses on funding available through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Successful applicants can receive $500,000 to $1 million to bring their products to market. The Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) is available to Wyoming residents to help them get a piece of the $2.5 billion offered by the federal government through these grants each year.
"[The] SBIR Program provides a critical foundation for jump-starting technology driven companies that simply could not launch otherwise,” said Andrew Hansen R&D Director Teton Composites.
Attendees will also be able to receive commercialization assistance from the Wyoming Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other University of Wyoming and Wyoming Business Council partners.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the personal experiences of Wyoming technology entrepreneurs who have found success through these programs. Presenters include Robert Viola, Co-Founder of Square One Systems Design; Diane Sontum, Co-founder and CEO of The Local Crowd.
The Wyoming Innovation Road Tour will stop at the following locations:
Northwest College – 4/11
Casper College – 4/12
Central Wyoming College – 4/13
Western Wyoming Community College – 4/17
Laramie County Community College – 4/25
Northern Wyoming Community College District – 4/26 (Sheridan) & 4/27 (Gillette)