In its seventh year, the Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator  (aka MNSBIR) is the Governor’s designated resource to deliver confidential business and technical assistance to Minnesota firms to access federal SBIR/STTR investments.  In the Accelerator, we offer 10 cohorts throughout the year focused on three large agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Science Foundation.  Any firm that desires to attend one or all of the cohorts must submit a Project Pitch to the SBIR/STTR Accelerator.   Additionally, each Accelerator applicant is highly encouraged to review the SBIR/STTR Policy Directive and the SBA SBIR/STTR Tutorials.

The Accelerator goals are:

  • increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals submitted (through outreach and financial support);
  • increase the number of SBIR/STTR awarded (through technical assistance and mentoring); and
  • prepare SBIR/STTR funded companies with commercialization success (through technical assistance, mentoring, and partnering with other organizations).
  • increase technology transfer opportunities from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and other institutions.

About the SBIR/STTR Programs

For 40 years, America’s Seed Fund has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services.  The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are one of the largest sources of early-stage capital for technology commercialization in the United States.  

About SBIR Programs
About STTR Programs

Eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program based on their level of extramural R&D budgets that exceed $100M.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA, and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Environment Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

Five federal agencies participate in the STTR program as a result of their extramural R&D budgets that exceed $1B.

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA, and CDC)
  • Department of Energy
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Science Foundation

The Accelerator is funded in part through a Federal and State Technology Partnership Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development; the University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization, and the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, the Mayo Clinic, Office of Entrepreneurship and hosted by the Minnesota Technology Association.

Federal and State Technology Partnership (FAST) Program is a competitive program designed to strengthen the technological competitiveness of small businesses. It improves the participation of small technology firms in the innovation and commercialization of new technology, thereby helping keep the United States on the cutting edge of research and development in science and technology. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa may receive funding for an array of services (e.g., outreach and technical assistance) in support of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.