National Innovation Summit and Showcase

About the Joint Innovation Events

The National SBIR/STTR Conference and the 4th annual National Innovation Summit and Showcase will be held in parallel with the 19th annual TechConnect World Conference, at the Gaylord Convention Center, May 14-17, 2017.

National SBIR/STTR Conference

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer programs are highly competitive, encouraging small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) work with potential for commercialization.

National SBIR/STTR conferences are typically the largest and most important conferences specializing in helping small businesses learn about participating in SBIR/STTR programs. At this Conference, representatives from all 11 federal agencies with SBIR/STTR programs will attend, in addition to other SBIR/STTR experts and trainers. Conference highlights include:

  • Presentations from all SBIR/STTR Agency Program Managers
  • Learn how to successfully submit competitive research proposals
  • Hear from government, industry and academic experts on successful commercialization strategies
  • Interact with SBIR/STTR Agency Program Managers, technology entrepreneurs, large company representatives, and researchers in Roundtable discussions, sessions and 1-on-1 meetings
  • Learn about cutting-edge opportunities in defense, agriculture, energy, and health/medicine
  • Optional pre conference workshops on SBIR/STTR Phase I, Phase II and licensing and commercialization

National Innovation Summit

In support of the White House and Congressional call for innovation commercialization initiatives, the National Innovation Summit and Showcase delivers the world's largest showcase of industry-vetted emerging-technologies ready for commercialization. Don't miss as TechConnect presents the Nation's top innovations emerging from our federal technology funding programs. All showcasing innovations are vetted by our industry and investment review committees, and all will participate the TechConnect Corporate Acceleration and Matchmaking Programs with our participating Corporate and Investment Partners.

TechConnect World Innovation Conference

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The TechConnect World Innovation Conference is an annual event uniquely designed to accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of the lab and into industry. Join the brightest and most productive innovators, funding agencies, national and federal labs, international research organizations, universities, tech transfer offices and investment and corporate partners in Washington D. C. We look forward to your participation.


Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center

201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
Tel: 301-965-2000

MGPS coordinates :(for mobile devices)

N38° 47.0489', W077° 1.0026'

Maps and Directions

As Nationall Harbor is a new development and may not register on some GPS systems, please follow these driving directions, from Google Maps, for best results.

Energy and climate change are important national security issues, and nanotechnology offers the promise of enabling solutions to challenging problems in these areas. Lockheed Martin is proud to have been the host sponsor of this important event, which provided the opportunity for our workforce to collaborate with top researchers from around the world and gain insights into emerging technologies that can support our customer’s needs.
— Dr. Ray O Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Lockheed Martin
The 2010 event went very well for Kodak. I was incredibly busy and have many new contacts to follow up on. I look forward to next year in Boston
— Eastman Kodak
TechConnect is unique in specifically bringing together the creators of breakthrough technologies with corporations who can help commercialize, adopt, buy, re-sell and invest in those technologies.
— Atrium Capital
Thank you for helping us put together such a great networking event. We received a lot of positive feedback both internally from our colleagues and externally by the people who attended. We look forward to working with TechConnect again in the near future.
— Harvard University, Office of Technology Development
I found the conference extremely interesting and useful, and I will recommend that Merck continue to participate in upcoming conferences.
— Merck

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