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On December 15th, in collaboration with Launch Tennessee, Rockridge Venture Law® hosted a virtual workshop on The Nuts and Bolts of SBIR: From an SBIR Application Reviewer. 

Federal SBIR/STTR programs award $3.2 billion in high-risk R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses developing game-changing technologies. Attorneys Kevin Christopher and Shayn Fernandez walked attendees through the process of obtaining SBIR federal grants, the goals of which are to stimulate technological innovation, meet Federal R&D needs, and increase commercialization to transition R&D into impact. Leveraging his past experience as an SBIR application reviewer for the NIH, Kevin Christopher also shared best practices for complying with SBIR regulations, including use of proceeds, IP rights, and submitting reports.

The slide deck from the presentation can be accessed here, and a recording of the event will be available soon.

For a written overview of SBIR, check out Kevin Christopher’s article on SBIR – An Entrepreneur’s Best Source of Early-Stage, Non-Dilutive Funding.


About Launch Tennessee

LaunchTN is a public-private partnership with a vision to make Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. We empower Network Partners and other stakeholders by making resources accessible in order to activate sustainable economic growth in Tennessee. Our aim is to stimulate the statewide economy by facilitating capital formation, market building and nurturing Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

About Rockridge Venture Law®

Rockridge Venture Law® was launched in 2017 to become the preeminent intellectual property and technology firm across the Appalachian Innovation Corridor. We now have offices in Chattanooga, Durham, and Nashville, and represent clients and interests globally. Our services include all aspects of intellectual property, litigation, M&A, privacy, technology transactions, and ventures.

In 2018 and 2019, we were recognized as B Corp Best for the World for our commitment to triple bottom line business practices. Rockridge® is also certified by 1% for the Planet for its nonprofit partnerships advancing stewardship and sustainability. RVL’s nonprofit partners in 2020 include Green|Spaces, Living Lands and Waters, Mustard Seed Ranch, and the NC State Lulu Games Social and Environmental Impact Competition. We value transparency and proudly publish our yearly impact reports

Our pioneering environmental and social impact programs attract top-notch legal talent and assure our clients of missional alignment with their corporate values. Rockridge uniquely addresses two modern profit drivers: innovation (uptake and development), and corporate social responsibility. We’re Building Today’s Company for Tomorrow’s Economy® by leading clients through the dizzying array of information controls, by helping them to develop and monetize proprietary assets, and by enabling their impactful products, programs, and principles.

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