Texas Startups Need to Apply for SBIR Grants

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREK Founder Silicon Hills News A few weeks ago, the Small Business Innovation Research program announced its Fall National SBIR/STTR Conference on Nov. The conferences are generally sold out but registration numbers were really low for this one, said Robert Allen Baker, SBIR Policy and program analyst. “We We always do […] The post Texas Startups Need to Apply for SBIR Grants appeared first on SiliconHills.

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SBIR Grants Made Less Mysterious

SiliconHills

But last week, the federal government held its Fall SBIR/STTR Conference at the AT&T Executive Conference Center in Austin to make the grants more accessible to bootstrapped entrepreneurs. Several […] The post SBIR Grants Made Less Mysterious appeared first on SiliconHills. By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News Getting a research grant from the federal government can seem like a big mysterious process to startup entrepreneurs.

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A Spectrum Event on How to Win an SBIR Grant

SiliconHills

So how does a startup go about getting one of the SBIR grants? That’s the subject of a meeting […] The post A Spectrum Event on How to Win an SBIR Grant appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin SBIR Spectrum Texas State Small Business Development Center The U.S. government invests more than $2 billion every year in promising new startups with creative innovations.

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TeVido BioDevices Lands SBIR Grant

SiliconHills

“The SBIR grant will enable TeVido to […] The post TeVido BioDevices Lands SBIR Grant appeared first on SiliconHills. TeVido BioDevices, a company that prints nipples for breast reconstruction surgery using human cells and 3-D printers, has received a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will go to fund more pre-clinical development of the company’s novel breast reconstruction program.

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Grant Applications Often Provide Early-Stage Funding

Startup Professionals Musings

Specifically, I often point to the NSF or the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for high-tech startups. Also, it’s important that you understand just how the SBIR program works. grants nsf sbir seed stage

Innovation at Argonne National Laboratory Incubator

The Startup Magazine

For instance, ClearFlame Engines — which is developing drop-in engine technology to allow diesel generators and heavy-duty vehicles to run on biofuel without a loss of power — won a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Atlas Energy Systems has joint proposals with a number of companies on multiple SBIRs to develop a prototype of its radioisotope nuclear battery.

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. agencies participate in the SBIR/STTR program, with DOD, HHS (NIH), NSF, DOE, and NASA offering the majority of funding opportunities. The SBIR/STTR program made ~6,200 seed stage investments in 2014, dwarfing the seed investments made by venture capital.

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Small Business Grants: The Facts and The Fiction

Up and Running

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, for example, is one of the most lucrative sources of federal grants for high-tech startups or high-growth firms (more on SBIR below). SBIR grants for R&D businesses. As mentioned above, if your small business is engaged in research and development (R&D), you may be eligible for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. SBIR is a federal program, overseen by the U.S.

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Technology, Innovation, and Modern War – Class 1

Steve Blank

All the services have incubators, Accelerator’s, and SBIR programs. We just had our first week of our new national security class Technology, Innovation and Modern War.

Small Business Grants: The Facts and The Fiction

Up and Running

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, for example, is one of the most lucrative sources of federal grants for high-tech startups or high-growth firms (more on SBIR below). SBIR grants for R&D businesses. As mentioned above, if your small business is engaged in research and development (R&D), you may be eligible for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant. SBIR is a federal program, overseen by the U.S.

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Why Lean May Save Your Life – The I-Corps @ NIH

Steve Blank

The National Cancer Institute SBIR Development Center , is leading the pilot, with participation from the SBIR & STTR Programs at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute , the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke , and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. It’s open to NIH SBIR/STTR Phase 1 grantees. Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI): The assigned PD/PI on the SBIR/STTR Phase I award.

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Austin Company to Create 3-D Pizzas for Astronauts

SiliconHills

NASA has awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract worth $125,000 to [.] Will astronauts be eating 3-D printed pizza on Mars? That might not be as far fetched as it sounds. NASA has contacted with Systems & Materials Research Corp. to explore using a 3D printer to create diner on space missions. The post Austin Company to Create 3-D Pizzas for Astronauts appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

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100 Startups Join Forces with Air Force Stakeholders at Inaugural Spark Collider Event

Austin Startup

SBIR Phase I companies together with relevant Air Force and venture capital stakeholders. What does SBIR Phase I mean, exactly? The highly competitive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program was created by Congress back in 1982 to fund and encourage domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D). Thank you @AFWERX for the opportunity to pitch our @AF_SBIR_STTR Phase I Select at today's #SparkCollider event!

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China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

government’s SBIR and STTR programs. VC’s treat the SBIR and STTR programs – they never heard of it, or they think it takes too much time to apply for too little money. However, for startups who have gotten an Innofund grant, it does provide the same positive cachet as an SBIR and STTR grant – the government has reviewed your technology and thought it was worthy.

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Capital Factory Center for Defense Innovation Year One Success Stories

Austin Startup

Capital Factory community members won awards from: Air Force Army Navy Special Operations Defense Innovation Unit NSF NASA Department of Energy DARPA Intelligence Community Programs and contract vehicles included SBIR, OTAs, AFWERX challenges, AAL’s Capabilities Accelerator, xTech Search, and even a few subcontracts. We’ve launched SBIR Accelerator, a deliberate vehicle to connect startups, defense industry, and investors to a funded innovation project and maximize DoD grant funding.

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Government Support – Congrats to EkoStinger!

ithacaVC

Apart from SBIR/STIR grants (which often literally are used to start companies based on university research), my general view is that startups should NOT overly rely on the government for anything. I am always very cautious when it comes to government grants and government supported competitions.

Air Force Pitch Day was awesome

David Cohen

AFWERX has a program called SBIR , which is a way that startups can work with the US Air Force with little or no hassles. Last week, I was in New York and decided to stop by the Air Force Pitch Day. What a great experience. It’s so nice to see when government organizations figure out how to effective engage with startups, and then scale it! At Air Force Pitch Day, the US Air Force awarded 51 contracts, each in 15 minutes or less, valued at a total of $8.75M.

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China’s Torch Program – the glow that can light the world (Part 2 of 5)

Steve Blank

government’s SBIR and STTR programs. VC’s treat the SBIR and STTR programs – they never heard of it, or they think it takes too much time to apply for too little money. However, for startups who have gotten an Innofund grant, it does provide the same positive cachet as an SBIR and STTR grant – the government has reviewed your technology and thought it was worthy.

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Reinventing Life Science Startups – Evidence-based Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Both of these groups, those who took the Innovation Corps class and those who didn’t, applied for government peer-reviewed funding through the SBIR program. The teams that skipped the class and pursued traditional methods of starting a company had an 18% success rate in receiving SBIR Phase I funding. What if we could increase productivity and stave the capital flight by helping Life Sciences startups build their companies more efficiently?

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Accepting A Non-Dilutive Government Grant? 5 Surprising Mistakes To Avoid

YoungUpstarts

According to Upcounsel , typical non-dilutive grants include research grants, translational grants, and SBIR/STTR program contracts. Non-dilutive grants are a great way to fund your research, provided you’re working on a project that directly benefits the government according to current needs. Many companies pursue non-dilutive government grants because they don’t require giving away ownership in the company. .

Grants May Be Free, But They Do Come at a Price

Startup Professionals Musings

they can visit the directory of government grant alternatives, which is searchable and features more than a thousand federal programs, or more locally the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), with opportunities for high technology startups. Every investor in your startup, even friends and family, normally expects a share of your company (equity), which means your return for all your effort goes down quickly.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2019

Steve Blank

The same year we started the class, it was adopted by the National Science Foundation to train Principal Investigators who wanted to get a federal grant for commercializing their science (an SBIR grant.) We just finished our 4th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. At the end of each class we have each team give a Lessons Learned presentation.

Government Grants are Not as Free as You Think

Startup Professionals Musings

A good place to start is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups.

Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Startup Professionals Musings

A good place to start looking is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups. In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. A grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either. Typically they can be used to fund product development and commercialization that would otherwise require outside investors.

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 Grants.gov , where you can find a fairly comprehensive directory of federal grants (especially SBIR-related solicitations), searchable by keyword/agency/funding-type/date. A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson discussed the role of government grants in helping launch tech companies.

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2020 Lesson Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

The same year we started the class, it was adopted by the National Science Foundation to train Principal Investigators who wanted to get a federal grant for commercializing their science (an SBIR grant.) We just finished our 5th annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. What a year. At the end of the quarter each of the eight teams give a final “Lessons Learned” presentation.

I-Corps at the NIH: Evidence-based Translational Medicine

Steve Blank

With that SBIR-Phase 1 funding the teams were trying to establish the technical merit, feasibility, and commercial potential of their technology. And of course none of this would be possible without the tremendous and enthusiastic support and encouragement of Michael Weingarten the director of the NIH/NCI SBIR program and his team. If you’ve received this post in an email the embedded videos and powerpoint are best viewed on www.steveblank.com.

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Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2018 – wonder and awe

Steve Blank

It was adopted by the National Science Foundation in 2012 to train Principal Investigators who wanted to get a federal grant for commercializing their science (an SBIR grant.) We just finished our 3rd annual Hacking for Defense class at Stanford. Six teams presented their Lessons Learned presentations. Watching them I was left with wonder and awe about what they accomplished in 10 weeks.

The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end. I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. All the usual caveats apply. I was only in China for a week so this a cursory view.

Free money for your impact tech startup

David Teten

Other traditional options for non-dilutive financing include grants, loans, SBIR, STTR, vouchers, tax credits, etc: Wonder’s Overview of Non-Dilutive Funding. Beyond the SBIR: Non-Dilutive Funding for Your Startup. National Economic Impacts from the DOD SBIR/STTR Program. Congratulations! You’ve decided to launch a technology-enabled startup with a positive social impact!

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Government Grants Cost No Equity, But are Not Free

Startup Professionals Musings

A good place to start looking is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups. In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. A grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either. Typically they can be used to fund product development and commercialization that would otherwise require outside investors.

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. Essentially the SBIR and STTR programs took ~2% of that $140 billion research and development budget and invested it in small businesses who want to commercialize this government investment in research and development. The U.S.

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The Rise of Chinese Venture Capital – (Part 3 of 5)

Steve Blank

SBIR and STTR programs, the Torch Program’s funding for new ventures was limited to seed funding the front end. I just spent a few weeks in Japan and China on a book tour for the Japanese and Chinese versions of the Startup Owners Manual. In these series of 5 posts, I thought I’d share what I learned in China. All the usual caveats apply. I was only in China for a week so this a cursory view.

How to Build a Healthcare Startup

Up and Running

Still, you can’t ignore the possibility of securing non-dilutive capital from sources such as SBIR ( Small Business Innovative Research ) or business development grants from state and local governments. SBIR often offers grants to projects that are deemed risky by the VCs or equity investors. The global healthcare industry is in flux like never before.

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Startup Capital: Feast or Famine?

Gust

Several sources (including Startup by Elizabeth Edwards ) estimate that $2-3 billion per year is awarded to very early stage companies by federal government grants (mostly SBIRs). At $100,000 or so per grant, perhaps 2-3000 pre-seed and seed/startup companies receive SBIRs and other government grants per year. For years there has been a pervasive opinion across the entrepreneurial landscape that the US has a shortage of capital required to startup and grow new ventures.

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Coronavirus: An open letter to the Austin Startup Community

Austin Startup

Setting up for the AFWERX Virtual Pitch Day that we hosted instead of the in-person event that was planned. I want to reach out to see who has been affected by the Coronavirus / COVID-19 and let everyone know how the Capital Factory community is rising to the challenge. This is a terrible disaster that we still don’t understand the full implications of yet, but we need to adapt to the “new normal” and try to keep our lives moving forward safely. We are entrepreneurs!

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Goes Lean

Steve Blank

There are three existing sources for funding defense innovation: COTS/GOTS validation (testing whether off-the-shelf products can be used); Concept Validation and Technology Advancement ; and SBIR/STTR funds – there’s over >$1B per year in the DoD SBIR program alone.). The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has been one of the largest supporters of innovation in the U.S. Now they are starting to use the Lean Innovation process (see here and here ) to turn ideas into solutions.

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Don’t Forget Grants If You Need Early Seed Money

Gust

A good place to start looking is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which is a lifeline for high-tech startups. In the US, many entrepreneurs see grants as “free money,” since they are not loans and don’t have to be repaid. A grant is not an equity investment, so the entrepreneur doesn’t have to give up a stake in the company either. Typically they can be used to fund product development and commercialization that would otherwise require outside investors.

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. Today’s post is a guest post from my friend Nicholas Napp. We first met five years ago and while I’ve never invested in anything he’s done, I’ve tried to be helpful along the way. Nick is currently running a company called MoveableCode and has a great Kickstarter campaign going for his latest product Incantor (Magic Made Real).

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Small business Congress-watch: new laws and your company

crowdSPRING Blog

This law will increase the SBA budget for awards to business via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs over the next 5 years. Periodically I check in on the good people in our nation’s capital to see what they are up to and what they have been doing lately for (to?)

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Swedish Immigrant Helps Reinvent the Mouthguard Industry

Hearpreneur

The science team is funded by an SBIR grant from NSF and we are very proud to be among the few companies in the country that actually have been funded. Share If you have taken any sort of look at the landscape of business recently then one thing should be very apparent. There is literally a business for everything. There are companies which deliver entire meals to your door, businesses which deliver ‘glitter’ bombs, subscription boxes for pets and people alike, and the list goes on.

We Don't Need 16 Steps to Fix the Economy

The Entrepreneurial Mind

Step 11: Revamp the SBIR." Last week Inc magazine came out with their 16 point plan to jump start job creation through start-up firms. It has been creating a lot of discussion about proper economic policy, which is a good thing these days. Some of their ideas make sense to me -- at least to some degree. For example Step 1 is to take entrepreneurship out of the business school. At many universities this may be a good idea.

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The Apple Watch – Tipping Point Time for Healthcare

Steve Blank

Much like the NIH SBIR program.) I don’t own an Apple Watch. I do have a Fitbit. But the Apple Watch 4 announcement intrigued me in a way no other product has since the original IPhone. This wasn’t just another product announcement from Apple. It heralded the U.S.

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