Dine & Development Training Series

The Dine & Development Training Series is a collaborative effort, bringing together local businesses, Air Force Research Laboratory researchers, and academia to expose and inform the Central NY business and research community on technology-driven topics of common interest, and to also promote business development by providing networking opportunities among researchers and attendees.

Upcoming Events

 Dine & Development: The Shifting Landscape of DoD SBIR/STTR Program Opportunities


Dine & Development Training Series: 

The Shifting Landscape of DoD SBIR/STTR Program Opportunities

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm


  • 2:00 pm            Check-in and Networking
  • 2:30 pm            Welcome and Introductions
  • 2:35 pm            Navigating the SBIR Process – An Entrepreneur’s Perspective (Mr. Brian Abbe)
  • 2:55 pm            Panel Discussion and Q&A:  Working with the USAF SBIR/STTR Program
    • Mr. Michael Graniero, AFRL Small Business Specialist
    • Ms. Denise Lee, AFRL SBIR Program Manager
    • Mr. Brian Abbe, Griffiss Institute and CEO Mentis Technologies
  • 3:55 pm            Closing Remarks
  • 4:00 pm            Adjourn

Location: Griffiss Institute Auditorium, 725 Daedalian Drive, Rome NY

Cost: FREE!! Coffee and light refreshments will be provided

Registration: Please RSVP by 2:00 pm, May 9th Registration is now closed for this event  (seating at the GI is limited to the first 70 registrants)

Can't make in person? A webinar link will be provided upon registration


Who Should Attend?

Small business professionals, researchers, and entrepreneurs interested in learning about small business opportunities and the SBIR/STTR program, how the AFRL SBIR program is evolving, and how to obtain more information.

What's It All About?

Mr. Abbe will discuss his personal experience as an entrepreneur working through the Federal Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program and describe a new pilot “Pitch Day” process for special research topics, intended to accelerate technologies to the warfighter. Following Mr. Abbe’s presentation, we’ll hold a moderated discussion session with our panel of experts on how the Air Force SBIR program is evolving, and take questions from the audience on the SBIR/STTR program.

Presented by: 

Mr. Brian Abbe

Following a career in the private sector, Brian joined AFRL in 2013 where he worked as a Branch Chief and the Head of the Technology Transfer Group. In 2017, Brian entered the EOP program and licensed technology from AFRL/RI to form a Cyber Security business.  Since leaving AFRL, Brian’s new company, Mentis Technologies, has been awarded two Phase I SBIRs. Mr. Abbe also works as a Principal Engineer for the Griffiss Institute.

Mr. Michael Graniero

Mr. Graniero is a Small Business Professional for AFRL’s Information Directorate, AFRL/RIBB, in Rome NY

Ms. Denise Lee

Ms. Lee is the SBIR/STTR Program Manager for AFRL’s Information Directorate, AFRL/RIBB, in Rome NY