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SBIC & SBIR: What would you like to Know? Come ask the SBA
Presenters: Ellen Kim, Jeff Finkelman, and Ahson Wardak
18 January 2011, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
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The Small Business Administration (SBA) has a number of programs dedicated to assisting new technology companies. In 1958, Congress created the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) to help small U.S. businesses meet their requirements for growth and operating capital not available through banks or other private capital sources. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program funds research and development projects that propose a sound approach to the investigation of an important education or assistive technology, science, or engineering question under topics identified each year in the solicitation. This webinar presentation will touch on the SBIC program, SBIR program, and other relevant initiatives within the Office of Investment and Innovation.

We hope this webinar will address such questions as:

  • How can technology entrepreneurs get funding from SBIC?
  • How to deal with financial institutions when there are no real assets as collateral for a loan (particularly when there is intellectual property, or customer commitments to a product)?
  • Is there a path that an entrepreneur can take at the SBA when he is getting no traction at the financial institution?

Biographies from Office of Investment

Ellen Kim is a Senior Advisor in the Office of Investment and Innovation working on various interagency initiatives. Prior to her work at the Small Business Administration, Ellen was in investment banking at Citigroup in the Municipal Securities Division and has worked in management consulting at The Parthenon Group as well as striking out on her own as an independent consultant to various startups and small businesses assisting with finance and operations. Ellen holds a B.S. in Economics from MIT and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business where she received certificates for Global Management and Public Management.

Jeff Finkelman is a Financial Analyst with the Office of Program Development in the SBA’s Investment Division. He is responsible for evaluating applications from private equity funds interested in obtaining an SBIC license. Jeff joined the SBA as a Presidential Management Fellow in June of 2010 after graduating from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a M.A. in International Finance and Development. Prior to SAIS, Jeff served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo, West Africa.

Ahson Wardak currently works in the Office of Investment and Innovation on the Small Business Innovation Research program and innovation-related activities. Before joining the Small Business Administration this year, Ahson worked in the IT Strategy practice for Booz Allen Hamilton. Ahson’s previous experience includes founding a Web 2.0 startup, developing a consulting practice in nanotechnology, and academic research on public policy in science and technology. Ahson received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a M.S. in Systems Engineering, and has completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia.

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