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SBIR Continues… kind of

August 6th, 2010

The good news? – SBIR is still alive.  The not-so-good news?  – it is living on more borrowed time through another continuing resolution. What happened and what can you do?  See below. (Reprinted from the Center for Innovative Technology’s Federal Funding News, August 2010) The House just passed H. R. 5849, “To provide for an

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‘Tis SBIR Season

September 2nd, 2010

This is an especially good time of year for life science companies that are interested in securing SBIR funding to support innovation-based product development.  Three recently released solicitations present a range of funding options that pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, health care IT and other life science related companies should consider. National Institutes of Health (NIH):

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Angels in Decline

October 29th, 2010

Entrepreneurs are not just imaging it. Start-up funding is becoming more scarce. The  Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire reports that total angel investment in the first half of 2010 dropped  6.5% from the previous year. More ominously, the number of active angels decreased 11% and their start-up and seed investments

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Angels with a Deadline

October 25th, 2010

As reported recently by the Angel Capital Association, Entrepreneurs and investors have been energized by a provision of the Small Business Jobs Act that became law in September 2010. It provides a 100% exemption for gains made by investing in qualified small business stock. This provision is an obvious boon to early-stage investors but also

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New Year’s Wishes

December 17th, 2010

To our clients and colleagues: For the 600+ training participants, 125+ companies submitting proposals, 20+ economic development partners, and countless others that worked with us in 2010 to help secure federal funding to drive innovation, we offer our list of wishes for you in the coming year… in rhyme: May your submissions Always be

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Michael’s Mantra

January 4th, 2011

My partner Michael has an exceptional way of helping our technology entrepreneurs think about commercialization. One of the mantras with which he pesters BBC clients is “product development and business development are activities best done in parallel.” Among the many reasons for this admonition are: Product development emphasizes technology; business development emphasizes customers. Entrepreneurs, and

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Solid Foundation

January 18th, 2011

A detailed market analysis is the basis of a solid commercialization strategy. For some entrepreneurs, too often what passes for market analysis is simply a billion-dollar figure snatched from a third-party market research study. However, an analysis should deliver more than a number. The end product of a rigorous market analysis is a value proposition

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Talking to Strangers

January 14th, 2011

My partner Lisa is a consummate networker but let’s face it … networking does not come naturally to everyone … and that’s especially true for scientists and engineers. This fact presents a real challenge for technology entrepreneurs for whom effective networking is often critical to the success of their new enterprise. To help conquer their

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September 7th, 2011

Blogging is not easy.  It has been a while since the last entry on our BBC Blog.  The reason is primarily two-fold: (1) It is harder than one would think to come up with topics that you think others would want to read.  (2) Work seems to always get in the way.  And we’ve been

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Time to Revisit Your Company’s IP Strategy

December 6th, 2011

The America Invents Act, recently passed by the House and Senate, will significantly change current U.S. patent laws. Its potential impact on early-stage technology companies and individual inventors is a matter of some dispute but all seem to agree that all parties must understand the new rules of the game and adjust their intellectual property

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