SBIR Road Tour

Another Great Success:  The 2017 Idaho SBIR Road Tour

The Idaho Small Business Development Center, in conjunction with Idaho National Laboratory and the Idaho Department of Commerce, brought the story of non-dilutive funding opportunities across Idaho as part of the 2017 Idaho SBIR Road Tour.
Building upon the success of the National SBIR Road Tour stop at Boise State University in May, the Idaho SBIR Road Tour featured subject experts, special speakers, 1-on-1 coaching and local guests.  We brought our tour to more than 75 attendees and visited six communities across the state:  Salmon, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Twin Falls, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.
The Idaho SBDC is currently planning next year’s tour, and we’d love to hear your ideas of how to improve it, guests to invite, and locations to visit.  Please email Dave McEwen at to share your thoughts and learn about next year’s Road Tour.
If you’re an innovator, tech entrepreneur, researcher or small technology firm, don’t miss the 2018 Road Tour, which will be announced in the spring.  It will be an opportunity to learn how to access $2.5B in early stage technology funding through the SBIR and STTR programs and nearly $1M in commercialization grants to Idaho companies through the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM).
For more information, contact Idaho SBDC’s SBIR Program Manager, Dave McEwen, at


SBIR Road Tour

The 2017 National SBIR Road Tour was a Great Success!

More than 70 Idaho entrepreneurs and small business owners assembled at Boise State University on May 2nd, 2017 to hear the story of non-dilutive technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  Individual program managers from 11 participating Federal Agencies, representing $2.5 billion in early stage funding, participated in this one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and innovation supporters from across Idaho.

While this year’s National SBIR Road Tour is complete, there are many more SBIR-related training and informational sessions scheduled for the coming months.  Contact Idaho SBDC’s SBIR Program Manager, Dave McEwen, for more information at

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs provide approximately $2.5 billion annually in non-dilutive early-stage technology funding to small businesses. The SBIR Road Tour is an opportunity for tech startups, innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to learn how to access this funding, meet one-on-one with decision makers, and connect with local state innovation ecosystem members. This one-day event provides attendees, including women and minority entrepreneurs, the opportunity to engage with representatives from various SBIR/STTR agencies.