Technology Commercialization Team

John Ujvari, MBA

Director, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ UNC-Chapel Hill | sbir@sbtdc.org

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John Ujvari is a 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 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.


Ramya Vijapurapu

Counselor, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ NC State | rvijapurapu@sbtdc.org

Ramya Vijapurapu

Ramya Vijapurapu is a Technology Commercialization Counselor based in Raleigh. She is a recent graduate of NC State’s Master of Microbial Biotechnology (MMB) program. The curriculum offers a mix of both PhD level science and technical courses as well as MBA and technology commercialization exposure. Post graduation Ramya consulted with several small, innovation driven companies in the RTP area on business development initiatives.


Connor Steenbock

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


Justin Dues

Counselor, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ NC A&T State University


Kevin Nicusanti

Equity Funding Specialist, SBTDC Technology Development and Commercialization
SBTDC @ UNC-Chapel Hill