Puerto Rico SBTDC hosting business summit Dec. 13

By: NimB

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) is inviting the community to participate in the “New trends to empower your vision” business summit Dec. 13, from 8 a.m. at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

Invited speakers are Carlos Cobián, Pedro Hernández, Ivonne Cortés, Horacio Maysonet, Christian Molina and Anllelic Lozada, among other resources, who will present the latest in technology, cybersecurity, talent search, and digital marketing, among other topics.

In addition, a panel of entrepreneurs with non-traditional stories will share their experiences and how they have differentiated their businesses through these new trends.

“Our goal is for business owners to educate themselves and keep up. It is important that they are very attentive to consumer behavior, especially post-pandemic, where there has been a global transformation,” said Ivonne Negrón-Luciano, executive director of the Puerto Rico SBTDC.

“By knowing the latest trends, they will have the tools to modify strategies and know the best solutions. In addition, this event will give them a broader perspective to enhance their vision and improve the experience of their customers,” she said.

“For 25 years the Puerto Rico SBTDC has been an extremely active and valuable program within the InterAmerican University,” said Rafael Ramírez-Rivera, interim president of the university.

“These centers, located on most Inter campuses, exist through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The advice and ongoing education to entrepreneurs carried out by SBTDC consultants has resulted in thousands of new companies and successful entrepreneurs who have created thousands of jobs around the island,” he said.

“We’re very excited about these achievements, and therefore, we invite the entire business community and new entrepreneurs with business ideas to participate in this great event on new trends,” said Ramírez-Rivera.

This activity is open to the business community and the public. Those interested in participating should make a reservation.

Source: https://newsismybusiness.com/puerto-rico-sbtdc-hosting-business-summit-dec-13/

SBTDC searches for inventors in Puerto Rico

By: NimB

The Puerto Rico Small Business and Technology Development Centers (SBTDC) of the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and the US Small Business Administration announced the launch of the PRidea program to boost the number of local inventors who can prepare effective proposals for federal funds that subsidize their ideas.

The initiative seeks to train, advise, and encourage with seed capital, nonprofit officials said.

“Since we’re convinced that in Puerto Rico exist many creative and technological people, we structured a program to foster inventors to have the opportunity to explore and submit the commercialization potential of their ideas and products,” said SBTDC Executive Director Ricardo Martínez, who added that the program arises as an effort to get more SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research and Technology Transfer) proposals submitted from Puerto Rico.

There are 14 federal agencies that receive funding to subsidize research and commercialization of ideas. These agencies are the US Department of Defense, the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Health, the US National Institute of Health, the National Science Foundation, NASA, the US Department of Agriculture, the US Department of Commerce, NOAA, NIST, the US Department of Education, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the US Department of Transportation.

“The goal of the university is to maximize the innovative potential of students, entrepreneurs, scientists, programmers and academics. At the InterAmerican University we offer the opportunity to get the help from the experts, or resources that can assist in the development of proposals to have more probabilities to obtain funds for the commercialization process” Manuel J. Fernós, president of the university, said.

The PRidea program has four phases. In the first phase, 60 inventors will get the training on the SBIR and STTR programs, and on how to protect their idea or product, also how a federal proposal should be prepared. From this group, 20 participants will be selected for a second phase to receive technical consulting and mentoring for the commercialization proposal.

In the third phase, fifteen candidates will be selected to refine their proposal and strategies to present the idea (Elevator Pitch) to a panel composed of angel investors, entrepreneurs, and representatives of the academia and local agencies.

In phase four, they will participate in a competition where the best 4 ideas will be chosen for a grant of $5,000 in seed capital that can be used to develop SBIR/STTR proposals or patent.

Those interested in participating in this program must do so online. The deadline to apply to this program is Jan. 31, 2022. The eligibility criteria are: being over 21 years, live in Puerto Rico and have US citizenship, have an innovative idea or product and availability of time to receive training.

Source: https://newsismybusiness.com/sbtdc-searches-for-inventors-in-puerto-rico/