The US government-backed Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program awards almost $4 billion per year to early-stage startups across all areas of science and technology. Being free of equity and debt, SBIRs seem like a no-brainer for startups.
But here's the catch - like most government programs, preparing SBIR applications is complex and difficult for entrepreneurs, who are busy growing their companies. So, does it make sense to try for these, and if so, then how and when?
Rupak Doshi, Founder & CEO of OmniSync, the creators of TurboSBIR – which functions like “TurboTax” for SBIRs. Rupak has a Ph.D. from Cambridge University, academic experience at The Scripps Research Institute and UC San Diego, industry experience at InhibRx (IPO 2020), and solid startup experience (3rd-time founder with prior exits and sales to Levi’s Stadium, military, etc.).
In this session, Rupak will address:
- What SBIRs are (really) about
- What does and doesn’t make sense about them
- How should you be thinking about them
- Where do you even start, what help resources are available
- How do you file a successful application