With over $225M in various business transactions already achieved, scores of on-going working relationships currently functional and many hundred actually-useful business connections made between
Collectively, the SBIR Community is arguably the largest single concentration of technical talent. The comprehensive data systematically compiled over the decades by idi for this site and for other program relevant analytical uses shows clearly that a large - and growing - number of Tech Seekers across a broad range of industry segments are already actively engaged with an important segment of SBIR-involved firm - see Tech Partnering stats.
Ironically, however, though the federal agencies regularly showcase their current crop of awardees and the inventory of funded awards is now readily accessible, actually being able to overview and to track what is going on in SBIR firms - particularly by private-sector focused corporations - systematically (and pro-actively) to mine that pool of talent to meet their - the Tech Seeker - needs can be almost impossible. Add in the sheer scale, extent, distribution and diversity of that talent pool - some 6000 currently active awardees with 500-600 new-entry annually at any time to include many start-ups and very early-stage young firms - and any effort of that type can present a daunting challenge.
Where to start? Who are they? What are they doing?
Are they any good? Will they be able to address our needs?
What types of relationship make sense?
Both for those Tech Seekers relatively new to the SBIR space as well as those having been long-time SBIR connected, the most recently added ASSETs component - the Solicitation & Proposal Submission initiative (iP3) - offers useful, project-specific access into this pool of demonstrated talent.
Through use of powerful precision-focused selection and notification techniques, emphasis is on ensuring quality and appropriateness of response. Properly engaged, this highly targeted process can be cost- and time-efficient external partnering at its sustainable best.
Open announcement, site-posted 'crowd-sourcing' this most certainly is not.
An important new resource:
With the Spring 2014 Solicitation currently in preparation, it is anticipated that, based on current levels of Tech Seeker expressed interest, this latest offering will be roughly equivalent in size and dollar commitment to one of the larger, small SBIR-involved agencies.