INTRODUCING SBIR FUNDING TO UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS 

The Small Business Innovation and Research program (SBIR) is a $2.5 billion dollar funding opportunity for entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop innovative new technologies. The SBIR program, administered by the Small Business Administration, provides funding to small businesses that are 51% owned by U.S. citizens and employ less than 500 people. Funding obtained by small businesses through the SBIR program is equity-free and IP neutral, meaning that the U.S. government and it's agencies do not retain any ownership in funded businesses or any ownership of the intellectual property that is developed as a result of SBIR funding. SBIR funding and the related Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding are crucial resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners developing technology-focused small businesses.  

 

Oklahoma universities, such as the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State Universities, and the University of Tulsa, have strong MBA and entrepreneurship programs, and yet SBIR as a potential funding option for high growth startups is not traditionally included in the current curriculum. We are changing that by giving lectures on SBIR as a funding opportunity to undergraduate and graduate level entrepreneurship classes at universities across Oklahoma. Our lectures are focused on business courses, but we can give an SBIR lecture to any course focused on business, technology development, or related topics. 

Interested in having us teach your group about SBIR funding opportunities?

Email us at sbir@ou.edu.

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.