Innovation and Opportunity Conference

Seed. Connect. Grow.

The inaugural Innovation and Opportunity Conference: Advancing Aerospace and Defense brings together NASA experts, small businesses, startups, research institutions and large businesses/prime contractors for a technology and commercialization event. The Innovation and Opportunity Conference (IOC) provides opportunities for companies at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators looking to expand and actively participate in tomorrow's aerospace and defense.

  • Hear about NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs

  • Interact directly with NASA experts and learn how to participate

  • Learn about large businesses’ advanced development/research development priorities and projects and connect with their teams on possible opportunities for collaboration

  • Participate in multiple opportunities to connect with federal agencies and primes, including two days of matchmaking and one-on-one meetings

  • Meet representatives from the entire innovation ecosystem, including SBIR, STTR, labs, academia, and industry experts

Registration IS NOW OPEN!

Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Colorado Business Development Foundation (CBDF)

The Colorado Business Development Foundation (CBDF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to fund and develop small business resources. Through strategic relationships with private corporations, state agencies and other not-for-profit organizations, CBDF helps businesses grow and prosper.

Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Colorado Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) helps existing and new businesses grow and prosper. SBDC's TechSource program provides Colorado's science and engineering small businesses (startup through advanced) with specially-designed assistance to help overcome hurdles to growth. Colorado tech ventures are matched up to specialized experts, resources and industry access for technology commercialization; SBIR/STTR; Colorado Advanced Industries; other innovation grants/vehicles and other funding sources; cybersecurity compliance; business development; and more.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest aerospace technical society. With nearly 30,000 individual members from 85 countries, and 95 corporate members, AIAA brings together industry, academia, and government to advance engineering and science in aviation, space, and defense.