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Day 1 (Thursday)
7:00-8:00 am Registration

Breakfast Pastries
8:00-8:30 am Welcoming Comments
  • Alires J. Almon | Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable; Vice-Chair, Aerospace States Association (Colorado); Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Art Maples | Director of Strategic Partnerships (Colorado), NASA STMD
  • Mayor Pro Tem Bob Roth | Ward 5 City Council Member
  • Jay Lindell | Aerospace & Defense Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
8:30-9:00 am Small Business, Big Picture
Hear how your technology ideas as a small business contribute to the big picture from Walt Engelund, Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs at NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). The Space Technology Mission Directorate manages the SBIR/STTR Program.
  • Walt Engelund | Deputy Associate Administrator for Programs at NASA STMD
9:00-9:25 am NASA SBIR Overview
The NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs fund the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual Solicitations and have significant potential for successful commercialization. Learn more from Program Executive Jenn Gustetic about the program’s exciting growth and how you can get involved.
9:25-9:40 am Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors
9:40-10:35 am SBIR/STTR Programs: Comparing, Contrasting, and Collaborating
Trying to decide which agencies’ SBIR/STTR program is right for you? Want to learn how you can work with multiple agencies? Join leadership from NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Science Foundation (NSF), Navy, Air Force, and more in a discussion that will highlight the priorities, nuances, and differences in their SBIR/STTR programs—as well as how they align and interact with other agencies’ programs.
Corporate Roundtables (beginning at 10 am)
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Maxar
  • Raytheon
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • United Launch Alliance

Federal One-on-One Sessions (beginning at 10:30 am)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA SBIR/STTR)
  • NASA Flight Opportunities
  • NASA Game Changing Development
  • NASA Prizes and Challenges
  • NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program
  • NASA Technology Transfer
  • NASA Tipping Point
  • Air Force SBIR/STTR
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA SBIR/STTR)
  • DoD Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD SBIR)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR/STTR)
  • Navy SBIR/STTR

10:35-11:30 am NASA STMD Programs: The Space Technology Pipeline
Hear from STMD program representatives about how they take the ideas of our nation’s innovators from concept to flight, driving exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond. Learn more about the ways you can work with NASA’s SBIR/STTR, Flight Opportunities, Game Changing Development, Small Spacecraft Technology, and Tipping Point programs to develop transformative space technologies to enable future missions.
11:30 am-12:00 pm Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors
12:00-1:10 pm Lunch & Keynote Address: Commercial Space Transformation
The space economy is attracting record-breaking investment from billionaires and venture firms. How do new capabilities and business models shape the future of space? Our lunch speaker will lay out opportunities and risks being created today, in both long-standing and emerging space markets and provide an analytic framework for forecasting the commercial space ecosystem of tomorrow.
1:10-1:20 pm Afternoon Remarks
NASA SBIR/STTR Program Manager Carlos Torrez will provide a preview of the afternoon sessions to help you decide which of the sessions will be most beneficial for you and your business needs.
1:20-1:25 pm Afternoon Logistics Overview
  • Alires J. Almon | Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable; Vice-Chair, Aerospace States Association (Colorado); Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Art Maples | Director of Strategic Partnerships (Colorado), NASA STMD
1:25-1:35 pm Networking Break/Transition
1:35-2:20 pm NASA SBIR/STTR: Post Phase II Initiatives
Learn more about how the NASA SBIR/STTR Program supports its small business partners beyond Phase I and Phase II, emphasizing opportunities for commercialization through initiatives such as the Phase II-E, Civilian Commercialization Readiness Pilot Program (CCRPP), and more.
NASA SBIR/STTR Proposals 101
Join NASA SBIR/STTR Program experts and past participants for a session filled with tips to prepare you to submit a successful proposal.

Writing Responsive Proposals
NASA SBIR/STTR awards are competitive—and writing a responsive proposal is key to winning an award. Learn tips on how to properly prepare for submitting a responsive proposal.
Proposal Budget and Contracts
Get a break down of the proposal budget (a critical and intensive portion of the proposal) and an overview of the resulting NASA contract after winning an award from NASA SBIR/STTR program.
I-Corps Overview
The NASA I-Corps Program enables small businesses, including start-up firms, to increase the odds of accelerating the process of developing their SBIR/STTR technologies into a repeatable and scalable business model. Hear from an I-Corps graduate about her experience with the program and the ways it benefited her business growth.
Elevator Accelerator Pitches
Selected ventures have a 4-minute “elevator ride” to share their compelling story, whether they are looking for funding, contracts or just want to expose their technology and innovation to the audience to get feedback and make connections.
Federal One-on-One Sessions (starting at 1:30 pm)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA SBIR/STTR)
  • NASA Flight Opportunities
  • NASA Game Changing Development
  • NASA Prizes and Challenges
  • NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program
  • NASA Technology Transfer
  • NASA Tipping Point
  • Air Force SBIR/STTR
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA SBIR/STTR)
  • DoD Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD SBIR)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR/STTR)
  • Navy SBIR/STTR

Corporate Roundtables (starting at 1:35 pm)
  • Ball Aerospace
  • Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Maxar
  • Raytheon
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • United Launch Alliance
2:20-3:00 pm Ideation, Point Solution, and Market Stimulation
Get a primer on how the NASA SBIR/STTR Program views the different opportunities for small businesses to commercialize their innovations and learn how NASA evaluates SBIR and STTR proposals for commercial potential.
NASA STTR Program Overview
STTR projects pair small businesses with a non-profit research institution, typically a university or Federal Laboratory. Learn the distinctive characteristics of the STTR Program from NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive Gynelle Steele and hear the benefits of collaboration directly from two successful STTR recipient companies.
  • Gynelle Steele | NASA SBIR/STTR Deputy Program Executive
  • Success Stories:
  • Jeffrey Apeldoorn | Vice President Future Missions and Technology, Astrobotic
  • Michael Provenzano | Director of Plentary Mobility, Astrobotic
  • Sami Habchi | Executive Vice President, Aerospace and Defense Solutions, CFD Research Corporation
3:00-3:15 pm Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors
3:15-4:00 pm How NASA Combats Fraud, Waste, and Abuse
NASA’s Office of Investigations is responsible for conducting investigations on allegations of crime, cyber-crime, fraud, waste, abuse, and misconduct having impact on NASA programs, projects, operations, and resources. Agents from three of the field offices will share more details about this important work.
Other R&D and Commercialization Opportunities

NASA STMD Prizes and Challenges Program
Learn about how the Prizes and Challenges portfolio makes opportunities available for the public to participate in NASA R&D.
NASA STMD Technology Transfer Program
This talk presents NASA’s Technology Transfer. The program ensures that technologies developed for missions in exploration and discovery are broadly available to the public, maximizing the benefit to the nation.
  • Art Maples | Director of Strategic Partnerships (Colorado), NASA STMD

University of Colorado Venture Partners
This session highlights how the University of Colorado Venture Partners program provides an educational and experiential resource for campus inventors wanting to commercialize their work.
Small Business Resource Bursts: How We Can Help
This high-energy session is packed with 3-minute “bursts” of valuable information and resources that small businesses and entrepreneurs can tap into right away to move their companies forward—from federal R&D tax credits and state Advanced Industry and Export grants to bid alert systems and finding lab space. The “speakers” are industry partner organizations throughout Colorado, universities and accelerators, as well as subject matter experts that will share that one thing that could be the next catalyst for your business.
  • Rosy Aburto McDonough | Director, Minority Business Office of Colorado (Moderator)
  • Sumer Sorensen-Bain | COO, Manufacturer's Edge
  • Chris Muldrow | Interim Director of Industry Collaboration and AeroSpace Ventures, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Bob Brown | Deputy Director, Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Bob Martin | Lender Relations Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Colorado SBDC TechSource:
4:00-4:55 pm When the Sky’s Not the Limit: Success Stories from the NASA SBIR/STTR Program
Not all small businesses’ paths to success look the same—and the NASA SBIR/STTR Program is proud to work with the many different needs of our small business partners and their technologies. Moderated by Deputy Program Manager Anna Cordrey, this panel will host four successful NASA SBIR/STTR recipients to talk about the unique routes they took building their businesses, partnering with the Program, and carving their post-award paths.
4:55-5:00 pm Closing Remarks
  • Alires J. Almon | Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable; Vice-Chair, Aerospace States Association (Colorado); Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Art Maples | Director of Strategic Partnerships (Colorado), NASA STMD
5:00-6:30 pm Reception
Sponsored by Advanced Space
Day 2 (Friday)
7:00-8:00 am Registration Check-In

Breakfast Pastries
8:00-8:20 am Welcoming Comments
8:20-9:20 am Enabling Humanity’s Next Giant Leap: NASA’s Moon to Mars
Small innovative companies have important roles to play in NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration approach. Come hear about the new technologies, capabilities and business approaches that will take humans to the lunar surface and then on to explore farther into the solar system – featuring representatives from three of NASA’s mission directorates and moderated by a successful NASA SBIR recipient company that is working closely with the Agency on technologies to support exploration of the Moon and Mars.
9:20-9:35 am Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors
9:35-10:30 am NASA Mission Directorate Vision
NASA’s vision is to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Hear top program representatives from all four of NASA’s mission directorates—Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science Mission, and Space Technology—discuss how they are supporting growth of the Nation's economy in space and aeronautics, increasing understanding of the universe and our place in it, working with industry to improve America's aerospace technologies, and advancing American leadership.
Federal One-on-One Sessions (starting at 10 am)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA SBIR/STTR)
  • NASA Flight Opportunities
  • NASA Game Changing Development
  • NASA Prizes and Challenges
  • NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program
  • NASA Technology Transfer
  • NASA Tipping Point
  • Air Force SBIR/STTR
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA SBIR/STTR)
  • DoD Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD SBIR)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR/STTR)
  • Navy SBIR/STTR
10:30-11:30 am Equity Investment Panel
The early stage equity investing process for aerospace and space oriented technologies has matured significantly over the last few years. Success of some space oriented tech startups such as Space X and Planet has drawn in experienced venture capitalists who are familiar with helping founders build successful businesses. In addition, investors are building models around the platforms and infrastructures required to commercialize new aerospace and space ventures. This panel will include panelists from experienced early stage VCs, experienced early stage space technology investors and founders who are leveraging equity investments to build their space technology companies.
  • Dave Drach | VP Corporate Strategy, Techstars
  • David Harris | Managing Partner, Rockies Venture Fund; Director of Operations, Rockies Venture Club
  • William Kowalski | Co-Founder & COO, Atomos Space
  • Matt Kuta | President & COO, Voyager Space Holdings
11:30 am-12:00 pm Networking Break/Visit Exhibitors
12:00-1:20 pm Lunch & Paths to Commercialization Panel: Corporate/Small Business Strategic Partnerships
Forming strategic partnerships with corporations/primes may be one path to market and growth for small innovative businesses. This panel, representing both small businesses and their corporate strategic partners, will share those partnership experiences.
  • Carrie Schiff | Chair, State of Colorado Economic Development Commission; Partner, Sage Law Group LLC (Moderator)
  • Michael A. Hurowitz | Founder, CTO, Orbital Micro Systems Inc
  • Dr. Radek Uberna | Advanced Program Development, Commercial Civil Space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
  • Tanya Ramond, PhD MBA | Director of Product Management, BridgeComm, Inc.
  • Dr. Teresa Segura | Portfolio Development Principal, Space & Connectivity, Boeing HorizonX Ventures
  • John Roth | VP, Strategy & Business Development, Space Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation
1:20-1:30 pm Afternoon Remarks
NASA SBIR/STTR Program Manager Carlos Torrez will provide a preview of the afternoon sessions to help you decide which of the sessions will be most beneficial for you and your business needs.
1:30-1:35 pm Afternoon Logistics Overview
  • Alires J. Almon | Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable; Vice-Chair, Aerospace States Association (Colorado); Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Art Maples | Director of Strategic Partnerships (Colorado), NASA STMD
1:35-2:25 pm Ask Me Anything (AMA)
Ran out of time to ask your question or thought of one more? Close out the conference with federal and private industry experts for an open-discussion panel where you can ask about anything you heard (or didn’t!) during the conference.
2:25-3:00 pm Closing Remarks
  • Alires J. Almon | Chair, Colorado Space Business Roundtable; Vice-Chair, Aerospace States Association (Colorado); Director of Innovation, Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Art Maples | Director of Strategic Partnerships (Colorado), NASA STMD