Idella’s Ideas

CTC Sparks: The Innovator Series – Tuesdays and Thursdays connect to CTC’s thought leaders for assistance in getting your innovation funded through the SBIR/STTR program!

Now is the time for Innovation. Did you know the federal government has a $3.7B set aside for Small businesses (US owned under 500 employees)! Whether you’ve been in business for decades or just starting, there is funding available to move new technologies and products forward from agriculture, manufacturing, education and more!

Idella Yamben, CTC’s Lean Startup expert, will share her expertise and straightforward tips on Tuesdays and Thursdays as part of ongoing installments of Idella’s Ideas!

Episode 4 – Expanding Wisconsin DOD Awards

Wisconsin is lagging behind its neighbors in DOD’s SBIR Contract Awards. We are trying to change that and we need you, the innovators! Find out more in Episode 4 of Idella’s Ideas.

Join CTC June 18th for an interactive, virtual training event with the Department of Defense!

Episode 3 – Cybersecurity Requirements for DOD Contracts

Episode 3 of Idella’s Ideas is here to help YOU prepare to apply for DOD SBIR contracts. This year there is a specific certification your small business needs to apply, Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. Let us help you understand a CMMC or connect you to a resource partner who will get you on the right track.

Learn more about DOD at our June 18th Virtual DOD Workshop – Learn more and register here.

Episode 2 – Talking to a Topic Manager

Are you considering SBIR grants or contracts to fund your innovative idea? Decided on a topic or looking for guidance? Episode 2 of Idella’s Ideas is here to let you know how to contact a topic manager and what you need to prepare before you connect!

Episode 1 – DOD Topic Pre-release

Introducing Idella’s Ideas, the next instillation in our CTC educational series! It is a special time of year: DOD Topic Pre-releases and YOUR innovation could be funded. Find out more about the categories and who you should speak to in Ep. 1 of Idella’s Ideas now. DOD SBIR Topic Search. REMEMBER, you only have until June 3rd to speak to a Topic Manager!

Learn more about DOD at our June 18th Virtual DOD Workshop – Learn more and register here.


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