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SBIR Reauthorization

July 21st, 2010

The congressional authorization process is one that can be quite frustrating – especially when funding to help you drive your company forward is tied up in the process. The federal SBIR program has been a critical source of funding for our nation’s most innovative small and early stage technology companies since the mid-1980s. Eleven federal

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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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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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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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2012: A Happy New Year for SBIR

January 13th, 2012

In case you haven’t yet heard the news, Congress finally reauthorized the SBIR/STTR programs! This six-year reauthorization includes many changes to the current program. The SBA has statutory authority to create and promulgate SBIR and STTR policy directives based on these legislative changes. The federal agencies subject to the SBIR/STTR legislation are obligated to follow

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SBIR Process is Right on Time

January 29th, 2012

Entrepreneurs often tell us they avoid going after SBIR funding because it’s “too slow” and doesn’t meet the “need-for-speed” in their fast-moving market. Well, a recent study from Harvard Business School reports that serial entrepreneurs (that is, those that have previously raised VC funding successfully) require an average of 21 months to fund a subsequent

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The Keys to Commercialization: A Series

March 13th, 2012

Join me on a six-part journey through the process of product commercialization. Part 1: The Problem Thirty years ago research by Professor Roger Calantone of Michigan State University suggested that new products fail because too little attention has been paid to real needs. In addition, he opined that the most common failures are with products

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When is the April 5 NIH SBIR/STTR Deadline?

March 21st, 2012

That’s not quite a trick question. If you have been preparing a National Institutes of Health (NIH) SBIR/STTR grant submission, you are obviously aware that the deadline is 5 p.m. your local time on Thursday, April 5. However, since January 2011 there have been some important changes in the electronic submission process, so please read the

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