Doubling Down On a Good Thing: The National Science Foundation’s I-Corps Lite

Steve Blank

SBIR/STTR Program and Startup Seed Funding. The Small Business Innovative Research ( SBIR ) and Small Business Technology Transfer ( STTR ) programs are startup seed funds created by Congress to encourage U.S. The SBIR/STTR program represents a critical source of seed funding for U.S.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe

Steve Blank

Few consider opportunities to make the world safer with the Department of Defense, Intelligence Community or other government agencies. It’s equally applicable to solving public safety, energy, policy, community and social issues internationally and within our own communities.

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We Don't Serve Your Kind Here

Florida Venture Blog

The Tampa Bay Business Journal just carried a story on the SBIR/VC-ownership debate and I've seen it kicked around enough now that I have some thoughts. The "debate" I'm referencing involves the SBA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants that are provided to help spur small business innovation. Around 2001, the SBIR program ruled that startups who were 51%+ owned by venture capital funds no longer qualified for the innovation grants.


Free Government Money for Startups

David Teten

Despite the fact that the grant community looks impossibly messy for a startup to navigate, a good starting place is , where you can find a fairly comprehensive directory of federal grants (especially SBIR-related solicitations), searchable by keyword/agency/funding-type/date.

Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search Wrap-Up

UC Berkeley

Seven exceptional pitches + an inspiring update to a community of folks across campus and beyond. Last year’s winner, C.Light Technologies , from UC Berkeley’s Vision Science Department just received an NIH SBIR grant for their eye tracking neurodiagnostic device. Our second Aging 2.0 Global Startup Search was a hit! Thanks to CITRIS, UC Berkeley School of Public Health & UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare for co-sponsoring!


Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 26: Javier Saade and Hillary Hartley

Steve Blank

” Two of the entrepreneurial programs, which I managed is called the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The U.S. government is discovering that Lean innovation can help them serve the country better and faster.

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Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Feld Thoughts

I founded MoveableCode back in 2009, initially to do some mobile Augmented Reality research on a National Science Foundation SBIR grant. Incantor is our vision of what happens when addictive gameplay is combined with immersive, community-driven fantasy. Community is vitally important to the game and we want to embrace that from day one. Today’s post is a guest post from my friend Nicholas Napp.


Startup Capital: Feast or Famine?

Angel Investing News

Furthermore during this economic downturn, we’ve heard a crescendo of voices lamenting the lack of startup funding, as communities finally recognize that new companies are the key source of job creation in this country. At $100,000 or so per grant, perhaps 2-3000 pre-seed and seed/startup companies receive SBIRs and other government grants per year.


Pasadena Angels Invest in a $475,000 Series B Investment in Wasatch Microfluidics

Ask the Angels

The Pasadena Angels are excited to support Wasatch’s unique product expand into the pharmaceutical and academic research communities, a niche $700 million market that includes a potential 14,000 labs. “It Wasatch has 2 allowed patents and 2 pending patents for its CFM technology and six total grants, including multiple Phase I and Phase II SBIR grants.


7 Ways Universities Are (Finally) Getting With the Entrepreneurship Program

Inc Startups

Entrepreneur-specific programs spread: A multitude of schools are developing campus-wide entrepreneurship programs that provide space, mentorship and education to their entrepreneurial community. In race for relevance, universities up the entrepreneurial ante.


Got Money?: Funding Options for Small Businesses

Entrepreneur Success Blog

As the small business community surges into its economic reign, now, more than ever, investors are willing to shell out the dough for up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Usually these grants can be found at the state level, but government operations such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) also provide grants. The following is a guest article from James Kim is a writer for Small businesses now generate 64% of net new jobs, according to the U.S.


Startups: Funding & Business Loans for Women Entrepeneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

If your business is in some way helping the community, benefiting the environment or helping boost tourism the SBA is often seen to be more forthcoming in grant aid. Eligible groups for funding include Indian tribes, non-profit businesses and communities.

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Where to Turn When VC Funding Isn’t Right for Your Startup

UC Berkeley

I was particularly interested in National Science Foundation SBIR grants due to the educational component of our product (building with our toys helps girls develop foundational skills to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math). by Laurie Peterson.

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What would you want to tell Washington DC about startups?

Startup Lessons Learned

So heres my simple question: What do folks in Washington need to know about the global community of entrepreneurs? I'll add one more point: The SBIR program is based on a dated notion of small business research, and the multi-year process doesn't line up with the speed of many modern startups. In many cases I look at an SBIR and say "how about I just build that and sell it to you when it's done," but that is unrealistic today.

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