Office Hours with Merrie London, SBIR Manager at Connecticut Innovations
Talk to Merrie London, SBIR Manager at Connecticut Innovations. Office hours are available December 4 and 11, 1-4 pm at the Yale Office of Cooperative Research, 433 Temple St, New Haven. Slots will fill up quickly! To reserve your spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merrie London is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Manager at Connecticut Innovations and can provide strategic insight to faculty, postdocs and grad students seeking SBIR grants, and information on matching those funds through Connecticut Innovations. Merrie works with 75-100 portfolio companies in Connecticut providing assistance in reading and editing business plans, reviewing grant proposals, suggesting strategies, generating referrals and making connections. She also manages the SBIR Acceleration and Commercialization program which provides matching grants and loans to SBIR and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) winners.
The SBIR/STTR Program awards over $2 billion each year to small U.S. companies developing game-changing innovation. Eleven federal agencies invest about 2.7% of their research and development budgets into this grant program to fuel technologies that can significantly impact lives. Small businesses can win multiple awards each year, and can continue to win them year after year. Phase I awards are about $150K each. Phase II awards are about $1 million each. Connecticut Innovations provides matching grants to Connecticut Phase I winners to improve their chances of winning a Phase II. They also provide loans to Phase II winners to improve their chances of commercialization success.
ABOUT MERRIE LONDON: For more than a dozen years Merrie London was cofounder and president of a three-office Connecticut communications company, Inspired Solutions Corporation. This experience has given her valuable insight into how to build a successful small high tech company. In her position as SBIR manager at Connecticut Innovations, Merrie often acts as a mentor to owners to help them determine what resources they need to accomplish their goals including directing companies to state and federal agencies that can advance commercialization. She applies strategic, out-of-the-box thinking to challenges.
Merrie has been successful at writing and winning federal Small Business Administration grants for her office at Connecticut Innovations. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Master's Degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany. Prior to cofounding Inspired Solutions Corporation she was manager of communications at Otis Elevator Company, a subsidiary of United Technologies.