Columbia University

Technology Ventures

SBIRs & STTRs: The Inside Story

On March 4 2016, former U.S. Small Business Administration’s Associate Administrator Javier Saade held an informational session on federal Small Business Innovation Research / Small Bus iness Technology T ransfer (SBIR/STTR) grants. This session offers insight into the requirements of these highly competitive programs and ways to get an edge when applying for these research grants.

Listen here: 


About the Speaker

Javier Saade was appointed by the President to be U.S. Small Business A dministration’s Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation. He led the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), Small Business Innovation Rese arch (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition programs representing tens of billions of capital for high growth small businesses and start ups. Key multiagency collaborations he led or was instrumental to included USPTO’s Fast-Track Intellectual Property, Advanced Manufacturing Investment, JOBS Act Education, Diverse Asset Man agement, Rural Investing, Social Innovation, Impact Investing, Clean Energy Investing, and STEM Entrepreneurship. He also held a seat on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Committee on Small & Emerging Companies appointed by Chairwoman White. Javier is currently an Executive-in-Residence at Columbia Technology Ventures and a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University.

Before joining the Obama administration, Javier was in the private sector and has over 20 years of global principal investing, general management, strategic consulting and entrepreneurial experience. He was Managing Director at The GEM Group, an emerging markets investment firm and a Principal at Paradigm Ventures, a venture capital firm. He was also an institutional client advisor at Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world with about $160 billion in assets. His foundational career years were spent as a consultant at two firms, McKinsey & Company and Booz Allen & Hamilton and in line management operational and engineering roles at Abbott Laboratories. He also co-founded three companies in three different industries and holds an MBA from Harvard, an MS from IIT and a BS from Purdue.