To promote entrepreneurial engagement and education ASCEND will host a number of entrepreneurial events and promote other events of interest.

February 27, 2020

ASCEND Webinar: SBIR/STTR Funding for Early-Stage Biomedical Technologies 

ASCEND is hosting a monthly webinar series focused on various topics regarding biomedical entrepreneurship. Our February webinar is: "SBIR/STTR Funding for Early-Stage Biomedical Technologies". Ann Peterson, Program Director of the Montana Innovation Partnership, Montana State University TechLink Center will be presenting on the key elements of the SBIR/STTR program and whether this source of non-dilutive funding may be right for you. This webinar is designed to provide information to early-stage biomedical researchers/companies to determine which federal agencies fund biomedical research as well as eligibility, strategies, tools, and partnerships you'll want to consider before you begin. If you missed any of our past webinars, please visit the Webinar/Seminars tab to view the recorded webinars!

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March 8-11, 2020

AUTM Annual Meeting

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego, CA

ASCEND will join other STTR Regional Technology Transfer Accelerator Hubs for a special panel discussion on March 9, 2020, from 1:45 - 3:15 PM to showcase the Hubs' roles in boosting commercialization and technology transfer in the IDeA states. Join us for a "Give, Get and Need Discussion" following Hub presentations. Please email the ASCEND team for additional information.

January 30-31, 2020

East Meets West 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI

East Meets West is the startup event of the year in Hawaii – bringing together thought leaders and innovators from Hawai’i, Asia, and North America. EMW’20 features amazing international speakers, hot topic breakout sessions, pitch opportunities, and ample networking in a tropical Startup Paradise. Visit for additional information.

 April 28-30, 2020

21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference

Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Office of Economic Development will host the 21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference, April 28 - 30, 2020 at the Luxor Hotel, Las Vegas. This conference helps small businesses learn more about the approximate $1.1 billion dollars of annual HHS funding that is available to forge academic partnerships and build new businesses. For additional information, or to register for this conference, please visit