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NCI SBIR CEO Roundtable

NCI SBIR CEO Roundtable

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Does your small business have an active award from NCI SBIR/STTR? If so, we invite you to take a seat at the CEO Roundtable. The NCI SBIR program is piloting the NCI SBIR CEO Roundtable program in which founders/CEOs/other C-Level Executives with decision making authority of NCI SBIR-funded startups will meet every two months for around two hours and mentor each other on a myriad of real-life startup issues on an ongoing basis.


Benefits of the pilot program include:

  • Networking and potential partnerships with fellow founders/CEOs/C-Level Executives
  • Mentoring and advice from fellow founders/CEOs/ C-Level Executives on real-life startup issues on an ongoing basis
  • Training from expert Mo Fathelbab on CEO roundtables/peer to peer mentoring on starting and coordinating successful and impactful roundtables


“I have had great experiences with CEO peer groups across a number of companies,” Jeff Behrens, President/CEO of NCI SBIR awardee Siamab Therapeutics, says. “There is no better place to confidentially seek and share real experiences, offer honest feedback, and provide the kind of support only another CEO can offer.”


Details and Format of the Pilot:

The pilot program will include two separate CEO Roundtable cohorts – one in-person and one virtual. Each cohort will include ~10 members (founder/CEO of NCI SBIR-funded startups) and will meet once every two months (the frequency can be modified by the group based on their needs).


In-person Roundtable Group:

The location for the in-person roundtable will be selected based on the number of applications for the program from any particular geographical area. The meetings will be held in-person at one of our partner organizations.


Virtual Roundtable Group:

The virtual roundtables will include participants from around the country and will meet virtually (using Slack - video conference platform with regular messaging capability).


About the Mentoring Expert, Mo Fathelbab:

Mo is the president and founder of Forum Resources Network, a global provider of more than 2,000 CEO learning forums in 32 countries for clients including Young Presidents’ Organization, World Presidents’ Organization, CEO Resource Alliance, and the Virginia Council of CEOs. Since 1997, he has conducted more than 1,400 programs focused on guiding executive-level groups through personalized trainings to foster growth and collaboration. Mo is an expert on CEO roundtable and peer-to-peer mentoring groups and will kick-off training to the members of both the in-person and virtual cohorts. He will provide other logistical support as needed. More about Mo:



  • Application Deadline: April 23

  • Participants notified: By May 31

  • Training and first meeting: July/August 2019



Please note that NCI SBIR will not be able to cover any transportation and other costs. To ensure meaningful and efficient participation in the program, each participant will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement.


If you are interested in participating in the peer-to-peer mentoring group, please fill out the application by April 23, 2019. Please note that this is a pilot program and limited spots are available. The NCI SBIR program plans to expand the program to include more groups in the future. If you have any questions, please contact NCI SBIR Program Director Ashim Subedee (


Updated Date: 
June 5, 2019