SBANE’s Women’s Business Committee sponsored a Boston-based
Navy SBIR Outreach event hosted by the law firm Nutter, McClennen & Fish,
LLP. The event was not only successful at exposing the Navy to the
strength of the SBANE Women’s Business Network but also reinforced
SBANE’s position in the local ecosystem as an SBIR center of expertise.
Mr. Dick McNamara, former Executive Director of PEO Subs and currently of
the NAVSEA SBIR Program Office presented a general overview of the SBIR Program
and specific details about the Navy’s SBIR Program. Based on his
experience successfully transitioning over $1B of SBIR investments into the
submarine community he presented the audience with very practical advice on how
to successfully engage in the Navy’s SBIR process. The Navy also flew 6
SBIR Program Managers in from DC for this event. They each presented a
review of individual SBIR Topics in the currently open Navy SBIR solicitation
as well as met individually in structured one-on-one meetings with event
SBANE member company Beacon Interactive
Systems CEO, ML Mackey, spoke about their transitions of SBIR
investments to Navy customers as well as how to successfully leverage the
generated IP into the private sector and spin-out companies. SBANE member
law firm Nutter, McClennan & Fish, LLC sponsored and hosted the event in
their event space in the Seaport District. Due to the success and
overwhelming interest generated at this event, Nutter committed to provide a
related follow-up SBANE event about to how successfully manage the IP that
results from SBIR investments.
As a commitment to the SBANE WBN, the NAVSEA SBIR Program
office has promised to return to Boston this Spring to meet with any attendees
of this event who submit proposals from either a Woman Owned Small Business or
with a woman Primary Investigator on their proposal. This debrief effort
is part of an ongoing commitment from the NAVSEA SBIR Program Office to
increase the participation of women in the Navy’s SBIR Program.
SBANE was pleased to host this event and support the Navy in
ongoing outreach efforts into the New England Innovation Economy.
For more information: ML Mackey featured at SBANE Women's Navy SBIR Outreach