The following events should be of particular interest to the OFRN Community.

Doolittle Institute 4th Annual SBIR Seminar @ virtual
Jun 4 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Conducted by the Doolittle Institute. This annual Small Business Technology Transfer and Small Business Innovation Research (STTR/SBIR) event returns for a fourth year! This event will feature loads of handy resources for small businesses, industry, the Air Force, media, venture capitalists, and investors.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Doolittle Institute will host its annual SBIR/STTR Seminar virtually this year. They will provide clarity and insight into the SBIR/STTR process updates within the Air Force. The content will be beneficial to small businesses, industry as a whole, and to those in the Air Force interacting with the SBIR program.

To submit questions prior to the event, please email them to


  1. Current SBIR/STTR updates and processes
  2. Transitioning technology
  3. Venture capital engagement
  4. Pitch Day process
  5. Finding a match for your technology
  6. Contracting

Confirmed Speakers

  1. David Shahady, Air Force SBIR/STTR, Program Director
    • Topic Coming Soon
  2. Aneel Alvares, Lt Col, USAF, Defense Engagement Team at Defense Innovation Unit (DIU)
    • Topics:
      – Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) History & Overview
      – The DIU Commercial Solutions Opening Process
      – How DoD Organizations & Commercial Firms Can Work with DIU
      – Project Examples
  3. Stacy Swider, Director, SBIR Center of Excellence at UMass Lowell Research Institute
    • Topic Coming Soon
  4. Christopher Benson, AFWERX, SBIR, STTR, AF Ventures
    • Topics:
      -The 2018 National Defense Strategy and AF Ventures
      – AF Ventures Process Overview
      – How to best leverage the AF Ventures Process
  5. Rich Julien, Amazon Web Services, Public Sector Venture Capital and Startups
    • Topic Coming Soon
  6. Angela Grayson, CIPP/US, CLP, patent, trademark, copyright, and technology law attorney
    • Topic: Commercializing Technology Through SBIR: Understanding Your Intellectual Property Rights
      – Identifying the intellectual property in science and technology startups
      – Understanding the legal fundamentals of collaborations when jointly developing technology
      – Understanding the importance of developing a framework for managing collaborations
      – Identifying issues to avoid in collaborations when jointly developing technology

SBIR Seminar

Registration closes on June 1, 2020 at 11:59 P.M. The link to attend the virtual event will be emailed to you before the event date.

Wright Dialogue with Industry 2020 @ Dayton Convention Center (Dayton, OH)
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day

Considering the projected continuation of government and industry travel restrictions, ongoing social distancing requirements, and the unlikely approval of attending large in-person events, DaytonDefense has made the tough decision to postpone the 15th annual Wright Dialogue with Industry (WDI) event that was scheduled for July 21-23, 2020, in Dayton, Ohio.

The WCI event has not been canceled for 2020.  The date has been moved to November 4 – 6 at the Dayton Convention Center so mark your calendar.

If you have any questions, or suggestions, please contact

Go to the event website for updates and details.