December 7, 2009 in ATDC News, Startup Circles

Alpharetta Open Coffee this Fri – Connie Ruffner (12/11 – 8am)

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Even in the best of times, it is difficult for a small or start-up high-tech company to obtain funding to move a great idea into a finished product. With more than $2 billion available annually for high-tech research, the federal SBIR and the STTR programs have the largest seed capital fund in the United States for disruptive technologies. Learn what the programs are, if you qualify, and if so, how to position your company for this competitive research funding. Come ask questions and learn what it takes to be successful.

Connie Ruffner is a Startup Catalyst within the ATDC (Advanced Technology Development Center) at Georgia Tech. She specializes in providing assistance to Georgia’s companies and researchers interested in the SBIR and STTR programs. Previously, she worked for NASA’s Southeast Regional Technology Transfer Center, also part of Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2). Prior to arriving at Georgia Tech, Connie worked for the Executive Search Division of TMP and Solvay Pharmaceuticals. A native of Virginia, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington and her Master’s from the University of South Carolina.

See you Fri at Roam

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