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|Session Name:||Money For Nothing and Your Games For Free|
|Company Name(s):||Media Rez, LLC.|
|Track / Format:||Business, Marketing & Management|
|Overview:||How can new game studios raise sufficient long-term capital without selling out indie freedom? There is a program which provides millions of dollars in funding for innovative US companies which does not need to be paid back, does not dilute the founders' ownership, and allows the final product to be sold for profit. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides grants and contracts to every part of the tech sector, but game companies rarely apply for itin part because most small studios and startups don't know about it or are intimidated by the byzantine nature of governmentese and research. The speaker built a startup company from an SBIR award portfolio while working as a freelance game developer, and reveals the secrets and pitfalls.|