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ACIR joined with the Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC) in a webinar to discuss the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding opportunities for early stage technologies. ACIR President Erik Azulay led the discussion and subsequent Q+A session regarding SBIR programs with different agencies in the U.S. Government, including the Departments of Defense, Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, Homeland Security and the National Science Foundation. The TFIC is promoting a more in-depth workshop for innovators on how to apply for and win SBIR grants for developing new technologies. The conference will take place in Austin, Texas on June 12th.
On April 17th, ACIR President Erik Azulay spoke to entrepreneurs at a innovation roundtable in Tbilisi, Georgia. The roundtable discussion, organized by the Georgian Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, was open to Georgian entrepreneurs and offered them a chance to talk to U.S. experts about the challenges startups face in Georgia. The projects presented covered a wide variety of business ideas from publishing a magazine to promote contemporary art in the Caucuses to an already successful blog on women entrepreneurs to introducing new medical devices.
CRDF Global invited ACIR to participate in a series of Technology Transfer Office manager training seminars in the countries of Georgia and Kazakhstan. The seminars are part of a U.S. State Department initiative to help promote innovation and commercialization in the countries of the former Soviet Union. The participants in the two day seminars, held in the cities of Tbilisi, Georgia and Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, included both TTO managers, government officials and innovators from both private and public research institutions. Participants listened to and interacted with U.S. experts on a variety of practical topics over the course of the two days, including how to value technologies, a day in the life of a TTO manager, how to determine your target market demand and the basics of training innovators to talk to potential partners through effective technology descriptions.