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Lunch & Learn: Find Funding. Keep Your Equity

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Augusta University’s Office of Innovation Commercialization is proud to sponsor the October ATDC Lunch & Learn in partnership with, "Find Funding. Keep Your Equity", featuring Connie Casteel.

Federal funding can be utilized to advance your small business, but it can also be employed to start or sustain your company once it has been established. This talk will provide an overview of the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, compare them with other federal funding options, and describe when they can best be utilized in the funding journey of your company.

Connie Casteel helps ATDC clients around the state understand and secure federal funding from the federal Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs – highly competitive research awards up to $1.5 million. As an interface with Georgia’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP), she also helps connect ATDC startup companies with manufacturing resources. Connie’s background is in proposal development, competitive intelligence, data management, and innovation. Connie began her Georgia Tech career helping to support technology transfer of NASA-developed innovations for three southeastern NASA field centers (Kennedy, Marshall, and Stennis), as well as promoting NASA SBIR/STTR. Prior to her work at Georgia Tech, Connie was employed by TMP’s Executive Search Division and Solvay Pharmaceuticals. Connie received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia and her MLIS from the University of South Carolina.

Connie will hold office hours from 1-4pm. Please contact her at [masked] to schedule a meeting time.


The Office of Innovation Commercialization is sponsoring lunch for the first 30 people who register. Please message [masked] with any dietary restrictions.