SHARPhub helps fast track life-sciences innovations to market.
The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub (SHARPhub) provides resources and assistance to help turn early-stage life sciences technologies into viable startup companies. SHARPhub collaborates and shares resources and best practices with partners in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota.
SHARPhub is made possible by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant* and is an initiative of BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting (BBCetc).
The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP) Hub is the result of a 2018 National Institutes of Health FastTrack STTR grant awarded to BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc).
SHARPhub focuses on training, early-stage funding, mentoring, and networking to help innovators accelerate the transfer of biomedical technology to the commercial market.
A significant part of SHARPhub’s focus is helping startups develop competitive SBIR and STTR grant applications to provide seed capital to fund early stage research and development.
These two federal programs provide a compelling source of non-dilutive funding that encourages technology-based small companies to explore high risk technologies and profit from their commercialization.
In addition, SHARPhub offers the Mentoring, Assessment & Planning Program (MAP) to develop strong commercialization plans for SHARPhub companies to put them on a stronger development path. A consultant is assigned to the company to help develop a business plan that enables the likelihood of funding through an SBIR grant and/or equity provider application.