Press Releases

Dawnbreaker Unveils its 2020 Updates to the Defense, Energy, Medical and Space Portals

ROCHESTER, NY (November 25, 2020) – How does a great market research team give thanks?… by freely sharing information. Recognized for the hundreds of reports it prepares annually, this proficient and highly skilled team has just completed its 2020 update of Dawnbreaker’s Defense, Energy, Medical and Space portals. Each portal is chocked full of information selected for high tech small businesses seeking information related to Federal initiatives within these sectors.

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Dawnbreaker Expands its Team to Meet Growing Demand

Rochester, NY, November 2020 – Dawnbreaker, Inc. has added three new members to its team. Chris McCray, Karen Mesolella, and Jill Porter joined Dawnbreaker to provide its clients with more top-notch talent to meet the demands of working with over 600 advanced technology companies each year.

Chris McCray, MBA brings years of experience in several industries as a U.S. Navy veteran in cryptology, an experienced healthcare clinic manager, an IT entrepreneur, and a small business consultant. Prior to joining Dawnbreaker, McCray leveraged this experience as a Business Consultant at the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of Southern Florida (USF) where he provided one-on-one confidential counseling to current and potential small business owners. In his role as a Business Strategist at Dawnbreaker, McCray will work with a variety of clients to fulfill their diverse commercialization needs.

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Dawnbreaker Expands its Team with New Business Strategist

Rochester, NY, August 2019 – Dawnbreaker, Inc. is proud to welcome Dan Keeley who joins the team as a Business Acceleration Manager bringing with him an extensive background in biomedical engineering, innovation and technology commercialization. Most recently, Dan worked for the University of Rochester at UR Ventures and Nextcorps (formerly High Tech Rochester). In both roles Dan helped professors, medical professionals and entrepreneurs develop strategic plans to commercialize their technologies.

Mr. Keeley spent six years at Johnson & Johnson working in new product development and technical project management and has worked on a number of portfolio development projects performing business case analysis and developing a pipeline of products from a single platform technology. Working at Becton Dickinson and Co. Dan helped develop the strategic plan to launch a new segment of their Biosciences division.

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Dawnbreaker Adds New Creative Talent

Rochester, NY, August 2019 – Dawnbreaker, Inc. is pleased to welcome a new graphic designer, Holly Reader, to its team. Ms. Reader joins Dawnbreaker with 15 years of experience in Visual Communications as a Graphic Designer, most recently for MacKenzie-Childs, LLC.

With a proven ability to translate marketing ideas and design concepts across all organizational levels in print, web and mobile design solutions, Ms. Reader will provide clients with a variety of marketing materials, and is experienced in working on cross-functional teams, or solo to produce effective solutions.

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Dawnbreaker Unveils All-New Industry Portals Online

ROCHESTER, NY (June 7, 2019) – Following its recent website release, Dawnbreaker has just unveiled three refreshed industry portals, aimed at assisting aspiring small businesses within the SBIR/STTR programs. The Defense, Medical and Space portals are each available at and provide a wealth of resources for high tech small businesses seeking answers to commonly asked questions within these sectors.

While the Defense portal is specifically geared toward Department of Navy SBIR-funded companies seeking Phase III transition, the Medical portal is provided as a service to those developing and improving drugs, biologics and medical devices. Meanwhile, the Space portal provides information on changes in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) organization, the NASA budget, funding, commercial space, featured missions and past programs.

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ROCHESTER, NY (April 23, 2019) – Chloe Capital has been on a national mission to discover the best and brightest female entrepreneurs and their innovations. The seed-stage venture capital firm has been holding women-only pitch events in five cities across the United States as part of their Chloe Capital National Tour. Companies are selected based on their online submission and are then chosen to pitch their ventures live. The winner receives an investment from Chloe Capital and the opportunity to pitch to their funding partner, Astia Angels, for a follow-on investment.

Ms. Theresa Pipher of Dawnbreaker has been active on Chloe Capital’s Due Diligence Committee throughout the tour and has provided Competitive Intelligence (CI) and material review assistance for the applicants.

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ROCHESTER, NY (March 20, 2019) – Dawnbreaker, Inc. has launched a Spanish speaking podcast series to help small, Hispanic-owned advanced technology firms take advantage of available federal funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. In response to a survey conducted in 2011 that found SBIR participation from Hispanic-owned firms was dwindling, Dawnbreaker wanted to provide a resource that re-engages the Latino population.

“The SBIR and STTR programs are all about inclusiveness, and that’s what we’re hoping to achieve,” explains Dr. Jenny C. Servo, President of Dawnbreaker. “As many of these small business owners speak and read in Spanish, this podcast aims to help them navigate the complexities of acquiring federal funding for their innovations.”

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Dawnbreaker Wins Sole Source Contract From National Science Foundation (NSF), Continues To Assist SBIR Firms

ROCHESTER, NY (February 21, 2019) – Dawnbreaker, Inc. has been awarded a sole source contract from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to continue delivering commercialization services to its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grantees. Since 2001, Dawnbreaker has administered its Commercialization Planning Program (CP2) to NSF funded SBIR/STTR Phase I grantees supporting over 2,500 projects to date. Recognizing that only a portion of the Phase I grantees will be awarded a Phase II grant, NSF introduced the program to increase the probability of successful commercialization of the NSF funded technology irrespective of whether a Phase II award is made and to provide a more level playing field to all entrepreneurs submitting Phase II proposals.

“Until now we have been jointly providing commercialization services with other vendors; with this new contract Dawnbreaker will be solely administering the CP2 to all SBIR/STTR Phase I grantees funded by NSF, and we are excited to embark on this new journey,” says Dr. Carol Rabke, Program Manager at Dawnbreaker.

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Dawnbreaker Webinars Feature Valuable Insight For Small Businesses Looking To Commercialize Technology

ROCHESTER, NY (January 18, 2019) – Dawnbreaker, Inc. is set to host several webinar series over the next few months and they all share the common theme of helping small high-tech businesses to transition technology. The Prime Contractor Series, Commercialization Series, and the Agency Series will give small businesses the tools they need to develop key contacts, find appropriate markets, and partner with large corporations.

“With our panel of experts and guests hosts we’ve lined up from both government and industry, we want to provide a valuable resource for those who may have gone through the federal SBIR/STTR programs but aren’t sure what to do next,” explains Dr. Jenny C. Servo, President of Dawnbreaker. “From how to talk to potential customers to how to partner with the largest defense prime contractor in the world, we aim to cover all the relevant topics.”

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Train The Trainer Reaches Max Capacity – Be Sure To Sign Up Early For Next Session!

ROCHESTER, NY (January 9, 2019) – In an effort to help state service providers prepare to assist small businesses applying for funding through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, Dr. Jenny Servo, a contractor through the Small Business Administration has just started her fifth Train the Trainer course. The series, titled “Helping Potential SBIR/STTR Applicants” is already full, but will be offered again in March.

The next course, which begins March 4th, is now open for registration. This 10-lesson, 8-week course will help service providers feel more confident in the guidance they provide to high tech small businesses. Participants can expect to spend 2.5-3 hours per week on the studies and once completed, will receive a certificate from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit to learn more and be one of the early applicants for this series.

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