An event next month hosted by Indiana's advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative aims to bring more early-stage research and development funding to Indiana companies. Conexus Indiana and Rolls-Royce are partnering on the effort. Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann will be the keynote speaker at the event at Rolls-Royce's downtown Indianapolis facility. Organizers say it will help small Hoosier companies learn to leverage federal and state research programs and partner with universities and larger companies to boost development and commercialization efforts.

Event Details From Conexus Indiana's Indiana Aerospace And Defense Council

The event is set for Friday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This multi-industry event will explore topics relevant to the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These two federal programs are the small business community's largest source of early stage / high risk R&D funding, and this event will offer a variety of perspectives and best practices to bring more of this funding to Indiana.

Hosted by Rolls-Royce at its downtown Indianapolis facility, this event will feature remarks from Lieutenant Governor Ellspermann and panel discussions with:

Small Indiana companies using federal R&D contracts (SBIR/STTR) to develop new technologies and fuel growth of their business;

Large Indiana companies (Rolls-Royce, Ultra Electronics-USSI, Raytheon, ITT Exelis) leveraging federal research programs and partnering with small businesses to support their own technology development and commercialization efforts;

Representatives from in-state universities (Purdue, IU, Rose Hulman, IUPUI, IPFW) with programs available to help small businesses and entrepreneurs develop and commercialize new technologies; and

University researchers using federal R&D programs to develop technologies and launch new businesses

The Indiana Office of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (OSBE) and Elevate Ventures will also be available to speak with attendees about the state's newest programs to support Hoosier companies in their pursuit of federal research & development awards.

Source: Conexus Indiana

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