FLC Business: A How-to Guide for Leveraging Federal Resources

Thursday, November 16, 3:30 - 4:20 PM

Speaker(s): John Dement

Room #: Swan 10

For many startups, or even businesses with storied success, getting a new product or service idea off the ground can present several challenges. Whether hitting roadblocks in the form of funding or materials, or finding time for research and development, sometimes the most seemingly ingenious inventions have to be put on the back burner. But what if there was a way for your innovative ideas to see the light of day without exceeding the budget and with access to top-quality materials, technologies, facilities and resources at your business team’s disposal?

Thanks to the launch of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer’s (FLC) online business resource tool, FLC Business (http://www.flcbusiness.org), anyone can advance their business or research and development (R&D) with help from free federal laboratory resources.

FLC Business is a one-stop shop website for any business, agency, or academic institution to search all federal laboratories, facilities, equipment, patented technologies, funding opportunities and programs available for public access and collaboration. Never before has a site been able to aggregate and house all federal laboratory resources into one site like FLC Business is built to do. By applying the latest software technology such as the open source Apache Solr search engine, FLC Business offers extremely versatile search capabilities for its users as its data continues to grow.

Success stories like GATR Technologies’® inflatable antenna system are now benefiting from an ongoing T2 relationship with NASA Glenn Research Center and leading to faster on-the-ground communications support for disaster relief efforts and military operations. Developed through a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract and license agreement, the inflatable antenna’s capabilities were refined with the help of NASA Glenn researchers’ expertise and facilities thanks to a Space Act Agreement (SAA). Since then, the GATR antenna system has been deployed to Afghanistan, South Africa, South America, Haiti, and South Korea to aid with natural disaster missions, and it has helped to change the satellite communications industry.