The SBIR/STTR Accelerator Project Pitch is used to evaluate whether the company and the proposed project(s) show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk that is required to be competitive in the programs. Transitioning from the laboratory to the marketplace is a long and risky road.  SBIR/STTR funding does help de-risk the technology; however, business and market risks still exist. Minnesota’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is vibrant offering startups and existing companies a wide array of resources to gain traction in their technology commercialization efforts with many firms that take advantage of these resources to start and grow their business: