Technology Commercialization Team


John Ujvari, MBA

Counselor, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ UNC-Chapel Hill |

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John Ujvari is the SBIR Program Specialist with the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). His primary responsibilities include counseling clients on the effective use of this federal funding program and supporting and promoting SBIR educational opportunities throughout the state via numerous outreach efforts.

These efforts include the publication of a monthly SBIR-focused newsletter, planning and execution of training events statewide, meeting clients one-on-one and reviewing proposals prior to submission. He also leads the SBTDC’s MBA summer internship program. Since joining the SBTDC in 2001, SBIR and STTR awards in North Carolina have increased 5-fold.

John earned his MBA degree from Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management Prior to returning to graduate school, John held the position of Research Associate at Westat, a contract research firm in Rockville, Maryland. John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.

Bryan Dennstedt

Counselor, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ ASU (Western NC) |

Bryan Dennstedt

Bryan Dennstedt is a Technology Commercialization Counselor based at Appalachian State University’s facility in Hickory. He is serving 36 counties in Western NC. Bryan has been a Chief Technology Officer at various software and medical companies for the past 10 years. Prior to that was a software architect and developer with IBM and Xerox. He has assisted startups and accelerating businesses in project management, software architecture, and design and quality assurance systems. As a diverse technology entrepreneur, he has a wide technology skill set; but, his real passion is in helping companies turn new ideas into viable businesses that can scale.

He has over 20 years of direct experience in software, hardware, and networking technologies, and has helped various other companies raise money, and scale up their technology departments.

Rachel Burton

Counselor, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ UNC-Chapel Hill |

Rachel Burton is a Technology Commercialization Counselor, based at UNC-Chapel Hill and is co-located with UNC KickStart Venture Services. Rachel Burton brings fifteen years of experience building start-up companies and commercializing technologies in the agriculture and energy sectors in addition to five years focused on product innovation and team management at a top-tier global biotechnology firm. Burton’s undergraduate degree is from UNC-CH, combined with professional education in agriculture and automotive-diesel technology. Rachel was a co-founder and owner of Piedmont Biofuels Industrial out of Pittsboro, North Carolina, a premier renewable fuels company in North Carolina. At Piedmont, she authored, won, and administered over 10 state and federal grants, including serving as a principal investigator (PI) for multiple Phase I and Phase II SBIR awards. Previously Burton’s work on biotechnology advancement in renewable fuels was awarded the i2i Innovation award at South by Southwest (SXSW), a United States Biodiesel Researcher of the Year, and was nominated for the Presidential EPA Green Chemistry Award. As an experienced ag-tech entrepreneur, Burton is passionate about helping other small businesses that are investing in the clean energy and sustainable agriculture or impacting climate change with biological solutions.