Innovation and Opportunity Conference




AeroSpace Ventures, University of Colorado

Abby Benson, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Research & Innovation Office
303-492-0800 |

The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the nation's leading aerospace universities, with over a dozen aerospace-related departments, centers and institutes. Our faculty and students conduct world-class research resulting in new scientific discoveries and innovative technologies that create commercial opportunities for Colorado's aerospace community. CU Boulder's AeroSpace Ventures (ASV) initiative works closely with the Research & Innovation Office and Office of Industry Collaboration to create a versatile environment in which our aerospace engineering and Earth and space sciences faculty, students and industrial researchers can effectively work together to solve complex problems and envision and create the future for space and Earth systems.

Air Force Research Lab/Space Vehicles Directorate

Lt Zoe Casteel, PM, Space Technology Accelerator
409-670-2458 |

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a scientific research organization operated by the United States Air Force Materiel Command dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies, planning and executing the Air Force science and technology programs, and providing warfighting capabilities to United States air, space, and cyberspace forces.


Dave Pope, Program Outreach Specialist/Social Media Manager
937-369-4088 |

The principal goal of the Air Force SBIR/STTR programs is to serve the technology needs of the Air Force warfighter.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

Tobey Jackson, Program Developer, Corporate Relations
703-264-7570 |

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. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.

aurora economic development council

Yuriy Gorlov, Vice President
303-755-2223 |

A partnership between business and government for more than three decades, the Aurora Economic Development Council is a leader for Colorado’s most promising growth industries – including aerospace and defense, bioscience, renewable energy, and transportation logistics – positioning Aurora and Colorado to win new jobs in these sectors in an intensely competitive market. We create new jobs through innovative deal creation, strategic partnerships, and by advocating for economically sustainable public policy. Our vision is to be the preferred business address in the West.

Beeper Avionics INC.

Chris Schupp, CEO
303-304-0358 |

Beeper Avionics has developed a revolutionary traffic alert system for airplanes and helicopters. The system, called 3D TAS, enables pilots and crew members to identify intruding traffic up to 7x faster than conventional systems.

Black Swift Technologies

Dr. Jack Elston
720-638-9656 |

Black Swift Technologies (BST) is recognized for delivering reliable, robust, and highly accurate Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) capable of flying scientific payloads in demanding atmospheric environments (high-altitude, corrosive particulates, and strong turbulence). Its purpose-built scientific aerial platforms are used around the globe for a variety of precision aerial initiatives including: environmental monitoring, precision aerial mapping, infrastructure inspection, engineering and surveying, construction management and monitoring, precision agriculture, volumetric measurement, stockpile management, and risk mitigation.

City of Aurora/Aurora Urban Renewal Authority

Andrea Amonick, Development Services/AURA Manager
303-739-7129 |

We’re creating great spaces—brilliantly accessible to everything—where people and businesses can thrive. With so much potential out there and an open-for-business, can-do attitude, now is the time to make the move to Aurora.

ColdQuanta Inc

Kendall Read, Marketing & Sales Manager
303-440-1284 |

Develops and manufactures instruments and systems for quantum technologies applications. Provides products and services for scientific and industrial applications such as atomic clocks, PNT, cold atom experimentation, quantum simulation, quantum information processing, gravity sensors, and precision instrumentation.

Colorado Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Dennis Casey, Executive Director
719-667-3845 |

The purpose of the Colorado PTAC is to generate employment and improve the general economic condition of the state by assisting Colorado companies including those eligible for preferential consideration in obtaining and performing under local, state and federal government contracts. We provide procurement technical assistance to help you in the selling of your products or services to the appropriate government agency by offering confidential counseling at no cost. The core of our procurement assistance program is counseling and education.

Colorado SBDC TechSource

Sharon King
720-207-4303 |

Colorado SBDC TechSource is a statewide program designed to maximize the economic potential of Colorado science & technology companies. Subject matter expertise is provided through consulting, accelerators, workshops and events to provide tangible help for small innovative businesses and entrepreneurs to overcome hurdles to growth. Companies can benefit at every stage of maturity, from those just starting out with a great idea, to experienced innovators and 2nd stage businesses looking to expand. TechSource is unique in the state because it leads first with a heavy emphasis on non-dilutive capital sources for small innovative businesses -- the company does not give up ownership -- while also preparing companies for equity financing when the timing is right. Programs focus on Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR/STTR) grants, federal R&D tax credits and support for technology commercialization to get to market faster (the ideal non-dilutive capital, from customers!)

Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR)

Kelli Catlin, Civica Management
720-440-2088 |

CSBR was established as a 501(c)(6), non-profit corporation to promote the growth of space and space-related industry in Colorado for existing and entrepreneurial businesses and activities.

Cyber: CYA

Aikta Marcoulier, Executive Director
719-667-3821 |

The Pikes Peak SBDC's Cyber: CYA program is built to assist small and medium sized businesses by focusing on topics for all levels of business and their needs from cloud computing, security measures using social media, to securing technology to meet compliance standards in government contracting.


Susan Celis, Program Director

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency


Jeffrey Jakubowski, CEO
303-630-9181 |

iFuzion is a comprehensive design / engineering firm that takes an innovative approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. We identify new ways to creatively solve customers product development needs. Our passion is in building relationships with our customers, making it personal and not just business. Our core services include Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, FEA & CFD Analysis, and Professional Additive Manufacturing.

Imprimis, Inc | NCX

Mike Schmidt, Business Development Director
719-785-0320 | |

Imprimis, Inc. (i2) is a for-profit technology development and commercialization company specializing in cybersecurity technology as well as cyber risk management and compliance, training, space technology, and advanced engineering. Imprimis recognizes that successful use of technology requires strong leadership setting the foundation through policy and governance, strong programs to manage and support the behavior of the people operating the system, and finally the selection and implementation of the right equipment and software for each individual organization and situation. The National Cyber Exchange or (NCX) is a nonprofit cybersecurity training, education, and threat intelligence information sharing, alerting and support organization dedicated to improving cybersecurity in our communities, industries (critical infrastructure), and in our personal lives. NCX provides cyber threat intelligence, alerts, and threat information via its Cyber Threat Center (CTC) which is a dedicated Threat Sharing platform.

manufacturer’s edge

Sumer Sorensen-Bain, Chief of Programs and Operations
303-981-2144 |

As a NIST MEP approved center, Manufacturer’s Edge is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Colorado. Manufacturer’s Edge encourages the strength and competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers through coaching, training, and consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and by leveraging government, university and economic development partnerships.

Through onsite support and technical assistance, Manufacturer’s Edge works to boost the competitiveness of Colorado manufacturers. The experienced engineers and business professionals at Manufacturer’s Edge have skills in manufacturing, management, process improvements, and technology acceleration and work closely with manufacturers to provide company assessments and customized solutions including hands-on facilitation and implementation.

Minority Business Office of Colorado

Rosy McDonough, MBO Director
303-844-3701 |

The Minority Business Office (MBO), located within the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is dedicated to advancing the efforts of Colorado’s minority and women-owned businesses. We have an established network of public, private and government resources that can be leveraged by businesses of all types and sizes. We can help you establish yourself in the marketplace, expand your knowledge of business, get in front of the right people, and help expand your prospects.


Stephan Ord, Technology Manager
650-604-5876 |

Flight Opportunities provides access to flight testing in space-like environments for researchers developing promising technologies and experiments to help NASA address needs of future space exploration missions. Through this program, researchers can obtain access to relevant environments that enable testing that cannot be performed on the ground and may be cost-prohibitive or too risky to conduct in an orbital environment. Awardees typically receive a grant or engage in a collaborative agreement allowing them to purchase flights directly from a U.S. commercial flight vendor that best meets their needs. These providers can offer access to a wide variety of conditions, such as microgravity conditions (often including weightlessness), high-altitude solar exposure, radiation, extreme temperatures and vacuum, as well as intense spacecraft vibrations and landing conditions. Opportunities are available to corporate, academic, and government researchers and technology developers.

NASA Game Changing Development

Hillary Smith, Communications Specialist
757-633-7426 |

The Game Changing Development Program is a part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. The program advances space technologies that may lead to entirely new approaches for the Agency’s future space missions and provide solutions to significant national needs. Efforts focus on the mid Technology Readiness Level (TRL) range of 3 to 5/6, generally taking technologies from proof of concept through component or breadboard testing in a relevant environment. The group employs a balanced approach of guided technology development efforts and competitively selected efforts from across academia, industry, NASA, and other government agencies. The organization strives to develop the best ideas and capabilities irrespective of source.

NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs

NASA SBIR/STTR Program Support Office
301-937-0888 |

The NASA SBIR and STTR programs fund the research, development, and demonstration of innovative technologies that fulfill NASA needs as described in the annual Solicitations and have significant potential for successful commercialization. If you are a small business concern (SBC) with 500 or fewer employees or a non-profit RI such as a university or a research laboratory with ties to an SBC, then NASA encourages you to learn more about the SBIR and STTR programs as a potential source of seed funding for the development of your innovations.

NASA Small Spacecraft Technology Program & Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI)

Bruce Yost, Director, Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute
650-604-0681 | |

The Small Spacecraft Technology Program, one of the nine programs in the Space Technology Mission Directorate, has three primary objectives:

  1. Identify and support the development of new subsystem technologies to enhance or expand the capabilities of small spacecraft. The program seeks to develop subsystem technologies that are new and revolutionary in their impact, rather than incremental improvements of existing subsystems. The goal is to advance subsystem technologies from a readiness level of 3 (analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept) to a readiness level of 5 (component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment).

  2. Support flight demonstrations of new technologies, capabilities and applications for small spacecraft. The program seeks to demonstrate technologies that are new and capabilities that have not previously been demonstrated in space. The goal is to advance technologies and capabilities from a readiness level of 5 (component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment) to a readiness level of at least 7 (system prototype demonstration in an operational environment).

  3. Use small spacecraft as platforms for testing and demonstrating technologies and capabilities that might have more general applications in larger-scale spacecraft and systems. The program seeks to contribute to the full range of NASA's science and technology challenges, where demonstrations with small spacecraft can reduce the cost, risk, complexity or time required to advance the state-of-the-art.

The mission of the Small Spacecraft Systems Virtual Institute (S3VI) is to advance the field of small spacecraft systems and allied sciences by promoting innovation, exploring new concepts, identifying emerging technology opportunities, and establishing effective conduits for collaboration and the dissemination of research results relevant to small spacecraft systems and subsystems.


Patrick Murphy, Director of Strategic Planning and Integration
202-358-1114 |

NASA’s Office of Small Business Programs

Tabisa Taliwaku Kalisa, Program Manager
202-358-2088 |

The vision of the Office of Small Business Programs at NASA Headquarters is to promote and integrate all small businesses into the competitive base of contractors that pioneer the future of space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research.

NIST Public Safety Communication Research (PSCR)

Ellen Ryan, Deputy Division Chief, NIST PSCR
303-919-3873 |

PostNet Centennial

Talia Bond, Owner
720-722-0525 |

Marketing firm with printing, promotional items and shipping capabilities. We provide marketing support to small businesses from graphic design, printing marketing collateral, promotional items with branding, mailboxes, shipping, etc. We are the one stop shop for the entrepreneur.

Raven Aerostar

Mary Palmer, Business Analyst
903-438-3117 |

With a history of over 60 years, Raven Aerostar is a world leader in the design and manufacture of highly technical lighter-than-air, stratospheric, and specialty sewn products. Raven Aerostar is committed to rapid innovation of highly technical and groundbreaking technology that enhances security and connects the world.

US Small Business Administration

Chris McNeal, Program Analyst
202-906-9785 | |

SBA is the coordinating agency for the SBIR/STTR programs, directing the agencies' implementation of these programs, reviewing their progress, and reporting annually to Congress on its operation.

USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

Scott Dockum, USDA SBIR Program Coordinator
202-720-6346 |

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits.