Secure SBIR and STTR Funding for your Tech Business

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Positioning your tech business for SBIR Funding

In partnership with Amanda Faye Consulting, Inc. (AFC), GET Cities is delivering a FREE 4-part Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) grant writing workshop for marginalized entrepreneurs seeking funding. The workshop will prepare participants on

  • how to apply
  • where to find opportunities
  • how to stay organized and competitive when positioning and seeking SBIR funding 

SBIR grants are an excellent source of non-dilutive funding (you keep your equity) but can be exceptionally challenging to complete. In this four-part workshop series, presenter Amanda Faye Lipsey will introduce you to the SBIR program, how SBIR priorities shift from agency to agency, how to tell if your organization is SBIR-ready, the components of a standard SBIR grant application, and the important things-to-know about each component. 

This SBIR Grant Proposal 4-Part Masterclass will take you through the application process from start to finish and give you the opportunity to ask direct questions from SBIR experts. 

Workshop Dates

Register to attend for free  below to attend all 4 workshops,  plus additional office hours to meet 1:1 with the experts.

Masterclass 1: Introduction to SBIR Program and Grant Strategy

Overview of the SBIR program, where to find grant opportunities, how to choose the right funder, getting your registrations and materials in order, and creating your grant submission strategy.

  • Workshop: Friday, January 13, 2023 11am-1pm EST/8am-10am PST

  • Office Hours: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at 11am-12:30pm EST/8am-9:30am PST

Masterclass 2: Objectives and Project Details

Focus on application preparation – deep dive on preparing research aims and objectives, developing a research strategy and plan, and developing your grant budget.

  • Workshop: Friday, January 20, 2023 11am-1pm EST/8am-10am PST

  • Office Hours: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 11am-12:00pm EST/8am-9:30am PST

Masterclass 3: Commercialization Plan and Supplementary Materials

Continuation on application preparation with a focus on supplementary materials like the biosketch, human subjects documentation, facilities and other resources.

  • Workshop: Friday, February 3, 2023 11am-1pm EST/8am-10am PST

  • Office Hours: Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 11am-12pm EST/8am-9am PST and Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 11am-12pm EST/8am-9am PST

Masterclass 4: Final Submission and Review Logistics

Odds and Ends – logistics of submitting your grant; selecting topics or panels; the process of peer review; what happens when you get your score.

  • Workshop: Friday, February 10, 2023 11am-1pm EST/8am-10am PST

  • Office Hours: Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 11am-12:30pm EST/8am-9:30am PST



Who Should attend this masterclass? 

  • If you are a woman, trans or nonbinary entrepreneur in operation who is seeking to secure SBIR funding to help get your idea to market you should attend this masterclass series. You should also make less than $1M in revenue and be able to commit to attending all 4 masterclasses

What will be required of me during the masterclass?

  • Program participants will need to commit to:

    • Virtual attendance at all 4 masterclasses 
    • Attendance at the office hours to get your specific questions answered by Amanda Faye and an SBIR reviewer

Do I have to be based in one of the GET Cities (Chicago, DC, Miami)?

  • No! This is a national initiative and all marginalized entrepreneurs are encouraged to join

What will the curriculum look like? 

  • Amanda Faye will facilitate four two-hour virtual interactive sessions over a two month period. Each session will build on the one prior and will involve you working directly on your grant proposals.


Will there be an opportunity for me to ask specific questions for my business’ grant proposal?

  • Yes, individual questions for your proposal can be asked during office hours.