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Kennon’s SBIR journey Kennon Products, Inc. Sheridan, Wyoming  USA
Kennon is not a “traditional” SBIR company, or “SBIR mill”, we are first and foremost a manufacturer, dedicated to commerc...
 
<ul><li>Kennon SBIRs </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II: </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced cabin lining system for the V-22, including an...
<ul><li>Kennon Learnings </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for a slow pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>don’t plan to make weekly pay...
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Kennon Products, Inc., SBIR Journey

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Kennon Products, Inc., SBIR Journey

  1. 1. Kennon’s SBIR journey Kennon Products, Inc. Sheridan, Wyoming USA
  2. 2. Kennon is not a “traditional” SBIR company, or “SBIR mill”, we are first and foremost a manufacturer, dedicated to commercialization Kennon has focused its SBIR efforts exclusively on Department of Defense (DoD) Topics – primarily because that is where we find our best “fits” <ul><li>DoD programs are the end user and buyer of the innovations developed under their Topics, </li></ul><ul><li>other agencies that is not necessarily the case </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Kennon SBIRs </li></ul><ul><li>Phase II: </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced cabin lining system for the V-22, including anti-ballistic materials (NAVAIR ) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>now post Phase II </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phase Is: </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced hull forms (NAVSEA) </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight blast protection (ONR) </li></ul><ul><li>Unsuccessful: </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight aircraft tiedowns (NAVSEA) </li></ul><ul><li>UAV noise reduction (Navy) </li></ul><ul><li>High temperature armor (MARCOR) </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Kennon Learnings </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for a slow pace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>don’t plan to make weekly payrolls with SBIR funds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>funding gaps happen between phases (the Valleys of Death) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Partnering with outside entities is essential </li></ul><ul><ul><li>be prepared to protect intellectual property </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SBIR funding is largely unfettered, so … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>be prepared to use it wisely and efficiently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>be prepared to over-deliver </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to commercialize your innovations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the GOAL of SBIR is to COMMERCIALIZE the technologies you develop, to better your customer, or American society at large </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If DoD, be prepared to have an approved accounting system at Phase II </li></ul><ul><li>Use SBIR resources, like WSSI, to help you compete </li></ul><ul><li>Persevere </li></ul>
  5. 6. Nice Work When You Can Get It :D

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