Advancing Health Equity Entrepreneurship Series: Intro to SBIR/STTR

The Center for Entrepreneurship is presenting a Zoom workshop series called “Advancing Health Equity Entrepreneurship” to support entrepreneurs and community members who are seeking to solve issues related to health equity, with a focus on assisting them with deploying their products and services into the community.  This series will also support understanding the unique and ongoing challenges faced by vulnerable communities, which is integral to an effective recovery from COVID-19 and vaccine distribution.

Faculty and students are welcome to register, and participants will receive a certificate of completion if they complete at least five trainings. Recordings will be made available in the event of scheduling conflicts. 

The first session is Wednesday, January 20th from 9 am to 12 pm and will provide an introduction to federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grants (SBIR/STTR), which can fund commercialization of research, and will be presented by an expert SBIR preparer and reviewer, Jim Greenwood from Greenwood Consulting. 


The training series also includes the below sessions. We will send registration information to anyone who RSVPs.

  • February 5th from 9 am - 10:30 am: An Introduction to B Corporation Certification: A B Corp is a certification that shows your company balances profit and purpose. Learn how to apply and how this can support your company’s growth. Presented by Barbara Roberts, Entrepreneur-in-Residence; Julie Meyer, Eat Well Global; and Lorna Davis, former CEO and Senior Advisor to Danone. 
  •  February 17th from 9 am - 10:30 am: Healthcare Contracting Part 1: Identify Opportunities in Traditional and Non-Traditional Places. This session will explore free tools to identify where you can locate opportunities to share your solution. Presented by Vanessa Best, CEO of Precision Healthcare Consulting. 
  • February 24th from 9 am - 10:30 am: Healthcare Contracting Part 2: Sole Source Funding and Set-Asides thru Certifications. An introduction to various federal, state, local, and corporate certifications to help you enhance marketability. Learn about discretionary no-bid awards and which certification is right for you. Presented by Vanessa Best, CEO of Precision Healthcare Consulting.
  • March 10th from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Community Engagement Part 1: Activating Community Partners: A Conversation. Dr. Martine Hackett, Associate Professor of Health Professions, will lead a conversation with Shanequa Levin, Founder of the Women’s Diversity Network, on engaging communities and addressing the unique healthcare needs of communities of color. 
  • March 17th from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Community Engagement Part 2: Bridging the Gap: Understanding and Addressing LGBTQ+ Disparities in Healthcare. Dr. Anthony Santella, Associate Professor of Health Professions, will moderate presentations and a discussion with Elise Schuster, CEO of OkaySo; Dr. Jan Oosting of Rainbow Health Consulting; and Francisco Ramirez, international consultant and training facilitator in diversity and inclusion, sexual respect, and sexual health.


 For more information, please contact Stacey Sikes, Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at

Wednesday, January 20, 2021





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