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Dec 31

  CIT OFFERS SBIR/STTR WORKSHOP AT VT MARCH 22, 2016>>
SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and it's sister STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. Over $2.6B is available each year in this competitive program. This workshop will cover the distinguishing features and technology areas addressed by each of the agencies, getting registered so you can submit, preparing proposal components for maximum impact, what reviewers expect, and more.

Dec 07

  VTIP STARTUPS IN THE NEWS>>
The FOCIS(TM) probe made by Prime Photonics LLC is featured on the cover of the December 2015 issue of Photonics Spectra magazine. Inside, the article "With Fiber Comes Miles-Long and Multiplexed Sensors” describes how Prime uses fiber to measure the tip clearance and vibration of gas turbine blades.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]

Nov 20

  PaTaPaTa, THE LADDER CHAIR WINS AWARD>>
Congratulations to VTIP inventor Alex Taylor for winning the People's Choice Award at the first Annual Re-Form competition, presented by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA|DC) and the Emerging Architects Committee (EAC). The competition on November 9, 2015, tasked architects and designers from around the nation with developing provocative design solutions to social and civil problems.
[VTIP Contact: gbrewer@vtip.org]

Sept 18

  TRANSFORMATIONAL CLEANING AND DEWATERING PROCESS FROM MINERALS REFINING COMPANY NOW COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE>>
A new cleaning and dewatering process, born out of decades of research by Virginia Tech's Roe-Hoan Yoon, is now commercially available for coal processing plants. Minerals Refining Company’s patented technology can drastically reduce the amount of coal thrown away in impoundments by extracting salable product from a processing plant’s waste stream.
[VTIP Contact: mark.coburn@vtip.org]

Sept 17

  ALLIED MINDS ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF HAWKEYE 360 >>
The company will use small satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) to collect data, perform analytics and generate reports on wireless signals worldwide that can be used to monitor and track ships, planes and other transportation networks across air, land and sea, and assist with emergency response.
[VTIP Contact: mmiller@vtip.org]

Sept 16

  NEW METHOD FOR MODIFYING NATURAL POLYMERS COULD HELP BRING LIFESAVING MEDICATIONS TO MARKET>>
Xiangtao Meng devised a way to apply a famous class of chemical reactions to cellulose, a natural polymer often used for drug delivery. According to Kevin Edgar, a professor of sustainable biomaterials and Meng’s doctoral adviser, the new method “can get drugs to market, and to patients, that would otherwise fail.”
[VTIP Contact: rwhitehead@vtip.org]

VTIP Notices

  CONTACT US>>
Trying to reach someone in VTIP? An easy way to reach any staff member in VTIP is to send your email to vtippatents@vtip.org. We will promptly respond to your inquiry or question.
  INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE>>
about the process of tech transfer and commercialization? Foresight Science & Technology™ founder Phyl Speser has written a great piece that charts a course to follow when working with Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties. Look under VTIP Publications to download a copy.
  OFFICE HOURS>>
VTIP's On-Campus IP & Innovation Office Hours
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 1 - 5 pm, 3320 Torgersen Hall
Fridays, 9 am - 12 pm, VTIP's CRC Office
Walk-ins welcome, or log on to vtip.appointy.com to make an appointment
  VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS STARTUP CHAT>>
Discuss your business ideas with VTKW's Jim Flowers at CoffeeWorks in the VTCRC
Fridays from 9:30-11:00 a.m.
1901 Innovation Drive, Suite 1100
http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/event/calendar

Upcoming Events

 

Feb 19

  VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS INNOVATION CHALLENGE>>
The annual Innovation Challenge prize provides up to $100,000 worth of mentorship and business support services to a winning team of Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students and/or alumni proposing to establish a new venture in Blacksburg based on Virginia Tech-owned technology.

Applications for the 2016 Innovation Challenge are due by February 19, 2016, and the competition will be held in April. Visit http://www.vtknowledgeworks.com/ for information about last year's Challenge winners.
  Location: Blacksburg, VA
 

Mar 22

  SBIR/STTR PROPOSAL PREP ESSENTIALS FOR NIH, NSF & DOD>>
CIT will offer this workshop on March 22 at Virginia Tech. Attendees will learn SBIR/STTR program basics, including eligibility requirements, the difference between SBIR and STTR, participating agencies and tips for success. Then the session will focus on essential information for crafting a competitive proposal to meet the mission and standards of the NIH, NSF and DoD programs.

Attendance is limited, so register early
$50 for Virginia based small technology firms
$40 Virginia university researchers
$150 per person all others
  Location: Skelton Conference Center
 

Mar 30

  VT KNOWLEDGEWORKS GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHALLENGE>>
Register by February 5, 2016
Finalist teams will compete in the Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Semifinals on March 30 for $15,000 in scholarships, start-up services, and the opportunity to compete on a world stage next August for the $25,000 VT KnowledgeWorks Global Entrepreneurship Challenge Award. Additionally, members of the audience will select their favorite team to win the People's Choice award of $5,000 in scholarships.

New this year: Teams chosen as semifinalists consisting only of undergraduate students will also be entered into the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) InVenture Prize competition. These teams will deliver a 3-minute pitch in Blacksburg on March 3, and the winning team will represent Virginia Tech at the ACC InVenture Prize competition in Atlanta on April 6.
  Location: The Inn at Virginia Tech
 

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