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Technology Transfer & Transition (T2/T3): Working with the AFRL

February 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This is a Hybrid Event – In-Person or Virtual, you choose at registration




Please join us on February 16th from 1:00pm-4:00pm (EST) at WBI’s 444 E 2nd St Location to learn more about T2/T3 mechanisms that would allow you to partner with AFRL. Panelists from AFRL’s Small Business Office, AFRL’s Legal Office, AFWERX, and AFMC will be there as well as companies like Battlesight Technologies and Sentinel that have successfully licensed or transitioned their technology to the government.


Key Topics Covered:

  • Vehicles for Transferring Technologies, including: License Agreements – Collaborative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) – Information Transfer Agreements (ITAs)
  • Funding Opportunities for Small Businesses, including: Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Awards – Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Awards – Strategic Funding Increase and Tactical Funding Increase (STRATFI/TACFI) Program
  • Additional Resources for Small Businesses, including: Partner Intermediaries – Educational Opportunities – Air Force & Space Force Tech Connect Platform – Accessing Available Technologies from AFRL


Preliminary Agenda:

  • 1300-1305: Welcome
  • 1305-1310: Air Force Panelists Introductions
  • 1310-1420: Panel Discussion from “Inside the Fence”
  • 1420-1435: Short Networking Break
  • 1435-1440: Small Business Panelists Introductions
  • 1440-1600: Panel Discussion from “Outside the Fence”
  • 1600-????: Optional Networking at Dayton Beer Company




Inside the Fence perspective

  • Air Force Research Laboratory/SB: Elizabeth Escamilla (Air Force/Space Force Tech Connect, Program Manager)
  • Air Force Research Laboratory/LoJaz: Chastity Whitaker (Attorney)
  • Air Force Research Laboratory/SB: Jack Owsley (Communications Director)
  • Air Force Research Laboratory/Small Business: Bruce Miller (Director of Small Business Programs)
  • Air Force Materiel Command/Small Business: Jeffrey Mellott (Director of Small Business Programs)
  • AFWERX: Helena Krusec (Deputy Engagement Lead – AFVentures)


Outside the Fence perspective

  • Flex Energy: Suvankar Sengupta and Ram Revur – A small business that had transferred technology to government
  • Sentinel: Zachary Kiehl (President, CEO, and Co-Founder) – A small business that has transitioned to government
  • Battlesight Technologies: Nick Ripplinger – A small business that has transferred technology to government
  • Ohio Gateway Tech Fund/Converge Technologies: Eric Wagner (Ohio Gateway Tech Fund Co-Fund Manager, Investor Member, and Co-Founder if Converge) – Venture Capitalist
  • The Entrepreneur Center: Lauren Tiffan (Associate Vice President)