Innovative Manufacturers' Center
Driving Manufacturing Growth and Job Creation in Central Pennsylvania
Join Connie Casteel, with the Advanced Technology Development Center (ADTC), as she covers the different federal funding assistance programs that are available for small to medium manufacturers. These funding opportunities, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), provide non-dilutive research funding to help businesses prove its technology is feasible and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. Through these competitive awards-based programs, companies are able to advance R&D, technological innovation, and product development to help build a strong national economy.
Connie Casteel is an expert in the federal SBIR and STTR funding programs—funding utilized by small companies to develop new innovative products and services. She currently serves as SBIR/STTR Catalyst for the Advanced Technology Development Center (ADTC), Georgia’s high-tech startup incubator housed on the campus Georgia Tech. With over 15 years of SBIR/STTR assistance experience, her primary responsibilities include educating entrepreneurs and companies on the SBIR/STTR programs, providing strategic direction, coaching/consulting, one-on-one proposal support, and providing commercialization guidance. While providing insights to SBIR/STTR applicants, she has also served as a national SBIR/STTR Reviewer for federal agencies helping assess the commercial feasibility of proposed innovations.