Rushlight Assets presents at Congressional briefing

The Rushlight Assets enterprise, the overall holding company that includes CRG, was represented by Christopher Hemmelgarn, president of Cornerstone Research Group (CRG), when he took part in the Congressional Briefing on “SBIR: Powering Innovation and Paying Dividends” on February 6, 2024.

Hosted by Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA), the event featured a distinguished panel moderated by Bryan Bender, vice president of Strategic Marketing Innovations and the former defense and space editor of POLITICO. In addition to Hemmelgarn, panelists included Dr. Maryann Feldman of Arizona State University and Bill Marinelli, president and CEO of Physical Sciences, Inc.

Hemmelgarn highlighted CRG’s pivotal role in advancing technology for national defense, emphasizing multiple successful transitions to the warfighter, such as thermal protection systems and smart tooling technology. These technological advances, originating from SBIR-funded projects, have been instrumental in enhancing military platforms and addressing national security priorities. Additionally, they have been advanced commercially through CRG’s sister company Rushlight Ventures.

The Rushlight Assets enterprise, encompassing CRG and Rushlight Ventures, showcased remarkable success, executing over $250 million in Phase III development work, product sales, and investments from both angel and institutional investors. Notably, while 34% of enterprise revenue was from SBIR funding over the last decade, only 24% of the enterprise revenue was from SBIR in 2023, reflecting an increasingly diversified revenue base.

CRG’s achievements include generating over $2 million in Phase III funding for every Phase II SBIR, exceeding the 2024 SBIR eligibility benchmarks by over eightfold. In just the past two years, the enterprise has grown to 180 employees and collaborated with 63 partner organizations, including 13 universities nationwide, reflecting its commitment to research, innovation, and collaboration.

The congressional briefing, shown in the video above, featured presentations by leaders of several SBIR companies highlighting the impact of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, the largest federal government investment in entrepreneurship. Mr. Hemmelgarn’s part of the presentation begins at about 35:15 in the video. Video courtesy of Strategic Marketing Innovations, Inc. Used with permission. See Mr. Hemmelgarn’s presentation slides here.