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GR Current: Commercialize Your Tech

  • GR Current 234 Division Ave N Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 United States (map)

Do you have a technology that you think has commercial potential? If so, you'll want to know what options are available, including how to tap into the funding that will get you there.


  • High-level view of alternative avenues for commercialization
  • How federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs can be a valuable part of the process
  • Program essentials: purpose, eligibility, sources of funding, etc.
  • Michigan’s wide array of commercialization resources for technology-based companies


Michael P. Kurek, Ph.D., Partner
BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Over his 30-year career, Michael has held senior management positions in marketing, sales and business development for a number of life science companies. In addition to being an expert in the SBIR/STTR federal funding programs, he advises BBCetc clients in evaluating commercialization alternatives and developing plans for their technology products or services.  Michael holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from Florida State University and an M.B.A. from Boston University.

Kristin Burgard, Principal Consultant
FASTconnect, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Kristin manages BBC’s FASTconnect Program, which assists the commercialization efforts of Michigan’s SBIR and STTR awardees by assessing their business priorities and connecting them to state and regional resources.  Kristin has 13 years of experience in the areas of commercialization, life science consulting, sales and product management. She has a B.S degree in molecular biology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.B.A. from Michigan State University.

About the Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program  

The Michigan SBIR/STTR Assistance Program provides SBIR/STTR training and proposal development services to technology companies with most costs by a grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF). The program is managed by BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs award over $2.6 billion annually in non-dilutive R&D grants and contracts through 11 federal agencies. The Assistance Program helps Michigan companies be more competitive in this national proposal and award process. 

Earlier Event: January 22
SBDC: Starting a Business (Webinar)
Later Event: January 26
SBDC: Marketing Your Business (Online)