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The Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator™ facilitates the investment and commercialization of deep tech ideas by assisting their creators to secure federal research and development funds available only to small businesses. The business may collaborate with academia, industry, and government in developing its idea for future commercialization.

In its eight 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.  Since its establishment in 2014, the Accelerator has assisted more than 50 companies to win more than $45M resulting in jobs, investments, patents, academic research partnerships and much more.

The Accelerator cannot guarantee funding; however, we make your journey less stressful.  We provide expert guidance and assistance across the 11 agencies with deep support for the Department of Defense, the Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, FDA, CDC), and the National Science Foundation through a blended model (Cohort/personalized assistance). This deep support is done through one-on-one confidential discussions delivered at weekly one hour meetings.  The ultimate goal is to secure funding that leads to a future product, service or process.  Naturally, our focus is all about commercialization!!!

Financial Support provided by:

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.