U.P. companies invited to DARPA training workshop to learn how to compete for and win contracts

HOUGHTON, Michigan (April 30, 2014) – In May, MTEC SmartZone is hosting a free training workshop for Upper Peninsula companies interested in learning how to compete for and win Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contracts. “Understanding and Navigating DARPA Research and Development, a Michigan-Sponsored Workshop,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 28, at the Advanced Technology Development Complex in Houghton. Breakfast and a light lunch will be provided.

The purpose of the workshop is to assist early-stage technologies along a path of commercialization while increasing the amount of federally sponsored DARPA research and development funding that comes into Michigan. The Michigan Strategic Fund, via Michigan Economic Development Corporation, selected the Macomb-OU Incubator in Sterling Heights, Mich., to administer the DARPA federal matching program for the entire state of Michigan.

MTEC SmartZone is one of four locations in Michigan hosting the training.

“Companies are going to benefit greatly from this program because it teaches them a new method of obtaining funding through the Department of Defense,” MTEC SmartZone CEO Marilyn Clark said. “This workshop will show our U.P. companies how to become subcontractors for the ‘Googles’ of the world.”

Julie Gustafson, executive director of the Macomb-Oakland University INCubator said, “We are pleased to forge a long-distance connection between MTEC SmartZone to offer this advanced level defense training workshop. As our state continues to prove it is a significant player in the defense industry, it is this type of cooperation that serves as a conduit for innovative productivity that benefits the entire state.”

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is among the world’s greatest generators of breakthrough technologies for national security. DARPA is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense and is responsible for the development of technologies including Global Positioning Systems, unmanned aerial vehicles and the Internet.

Interested companies are encouraged to register early by visiting http:darpatraininghoughton.eventbrite.com.

More information is available at http://michigandarpa.org/.