Small Business Boot Camp 2.0

15-16 February 2023

Request to Attend Closed 08 February 2023 11:59 PM ET


SOFWERX, in coordination with the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), will provide a forum for Small Businesses with technologies that support National Security Interests and/or the SOCOM technology interest areas to learn more about doing business with SOCOM. Additionally, the second day of the event will provide an opportunity for Small Business engagement with government stakeholders and investors in the form of “Speed Dating” and a “Pitch Day.” See objective for more details.

The OSBP is dedicated to helping you and your business. They will explain known requirements, help you understand who buys what within the Command, and can assist you in locating other likely markets within DoD and developing strategies for accessing those markets. They provide information and guidance on defense procurement policies and procedures as well as methods for identifying prime contracting and subcontracting opportunities.

Day 1: Presenters will provide an overview of USSOCOM as well information on the basic components and requirements of working with the Department of Defense, and how to engage with USSOCOM.  In addition, there will be briefings from external support organizations and mechanisms that can help you to prepare and scale your business.

Day 2: The second day will consist of more presentations from USSOCOM and SOFWERX, as well as a VC panel with a Q&A session. Additionally, we will provide a forum for Small Businesses to engage with government stakeholders and investors in the form of “Speed Dating.” Finally, there will also be an opportunity for investors to engage with and receive pitches from SOCOM SBIR/STTR Phase II awardees. Please see the below links for the opportunity to participate.

Event Tentative Agenda*
All times listed in ET

15 February
0900-0915: Check-In / Zoom Log-in

0915-0930: Welcome/Introductions (SOFWERX / SOCOM OSBP)
0930-1015: SOCOM 101
1015-1030: BREAK
1030-1115: How to Write a Successful Proposal (with focus on Sections L&M)
1115-1130: How to Deliver a Pitch
1130-1215: Inventor Pitfalls
1215-1330: LUNCH
1330-1400: Government Contracting
1400-1420: Facility Clearances

1420-1500: Cyber Maturity Model Certification
1500-1515: BREAK
1515-1545: FL SBDC
1545-1615: SOFWERX 101 
1615-1700: Intellectual Property Law
1700-???: No Host Social in Ybor City (location TBD)

16 February
0900-0915: Check-In / Zoom Log-in

0915-1015: SOCOM SBIR/STTR / SOCOM Specifics
1015-1030: SBIR/STTR Extension Act of 2022
1030-1100: Office of Strategic Capital (OSC)
1100-1230: LUNCH
1230-1315: VC Panel

1315-1330: BREAK
1330-1630: Breakouts** (SBIR/STTR Phase II Pitches & Speed Dating)

*Agenda is subject to change
**In-Person Only

How You Can Participate

  1. Submit a Collaboration/Teaming Form: Click Here to Collaborate (NLT 23 February)
  2. Submit Event Feedback: Click Here to Submit Event Feedback (NLT 28 February)

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