The Chamber’s Technology Business Council (TBC) and TECH Fort Worth hosted the Innovation and Investment Forum on June 9th. The forum joined together technology and biotechnology entrepreneurs, investors and academics throughout the DFW region to educate and build awareness of regional resources supporting entrepreneurial growth and to award SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Phase Zero funding to winning applicants. SBIR is a competitively awarded, three-phase Federal program, and is designed to stimulate technological innovation and provide product development opportunities for small businesses.
2005 Phase Zero winners included: Kevin Wheeler, InfoDefense; Kevin Nelson, TissueGen; William Terry Lester, LesTrans Engineering; Brian Shannon, Smartacus Corp.
2005 Phase Zero sponsors included: Winstead Sechrest & Minick, P.C.; BioDFW; TECH Fort Worth; Radio Shack
This was the first Phase Zero program brought to the North Texas region, and will continue to be an annual program through the TBC. The goal of the Phase Zero program is to help small North Texas technology businesses compete more effectively and increase participation in federal SBIR programs by providing seed grants to qualified firms for the development of high-quality, competitive SBIR proposals.
To learn more about applying for the Phase Zero program or sponsoring a Phase Zero award, contact Katie Martin at email@example.com or 214-712-1937.
Larry Haynes, Ernst & Young, welcomes attendees to the Innovation and Investment Forum Phase Zero Awards presentation.