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VIDEO: Seed Funding: How to Get a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award

On November 14th, 2018
Columbia Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Design
Hosted a Practical Discussion About

Securing Seed Funding Through the
Department of Defense
SBIR Process

  • Full Video: Seed Funding: How to Get a Small Business Innovation Research Award LINK [1:05:05]
  • Video Excerpt:  Small Business Innovation Research Grant Experts LINK [11:35]
  • Video Excerpt: Col. Greg Coleman, Dir. of MD5, the DOD’s Acceleration Portfolio Director LINK [3:39]
  • Video Excerpt: Jason Cahill, Founder of McCune Capital on Hacking for Defense at Columbia LINK [1:27]
  • Video Excerpt: Warren Katz, Director of the Air Force Accelerator Powered By Techstars LINK [1:53]

Each year, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards more than $1 billion in non-dilutive capital, backed by the Department of Defense and other agencies such as the Departments of Energy, Education, Commerce, Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Aeronautics, the Science Foundation, and the EPA.

Successful ventures are exploring multiple markets, military and civilian, while retaining their original vision and mission. Selectively adding defense and other civic tech applications to use-cases can create powerful opportunities to “do well by by doing good.”

These videos will help  you learn practical strategies for securing government funding, partnering with DoD for product and customer development support, and exploring national security as a market for your current product and service offerings.


  • Colonel Greg Coleman, MD5 Acceleration Portfolio Director, Department of Defense
  • Warren Katz, Managing Director, Air Force Accelerator powered by Techstars
  • Anita D’Amico, CEO, Code Dx
  • Kirk Burton, Defense Acquisition & Policy Analyst @ Department of Defense SBIR Office, ByteCubed
  • Moderator: Jason Cahill, Founder, McCune Capital, and Associate Professor, Columbia University

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