The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program and its sibling, the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, are federal initiatives that provide over $2 billion in grants and contracts each year to small and start-up companies to develop new or enhanced products and services based on advanced technologies. The Center for Innovation has been the North Dakota administrator for the SBIR outreach and technical assistance program since 1987.
“Federal grants to small businesses through SBIR and STTR are a tremendous asset to the entrepreneurial ecosystem of North Dakota”, said Della Kapocius, the Center for Innovation’s associate director. “Tyler’s role as director of North Dakota’s SBIR/STTR Program is to help small businesses determine if the program is right for them and help them pursue the federal research and development grants that are available.”
Sletten recently attended the nation SBIR spring conference in Anaheim as a representative for UND.
“The conference was excellent,” Sletten said. “It was extremely helpful to connect with the other SBIR representatives from other states and hear their ideas on how and where to promote SBIR. My biggest take-away was how impressed I was with the other state reps. This was a group of people deeply committed to helping grow small business in the US.”
Sletten is native of Bismarck, N.D., and a graduate of the University of Mary and the Defense Information School. He lives in Mayville with his wife, Sarah, and two sons. He is also the owner of Lone Tree Outfitters and a nine year veteran of North Dakota National Guard.