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Funding Acknowledgements

In 2017, MNSBIR received funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to create and launch the Minnesota Innovation and Commercialization Consortium.

The Accelerator vision is to assist rural-based firms to apply and win SBIR/STTR investments by leveraging resources and capabilities at the state and federal levels, and leveraging a consortium approach.

  • The Consortium is focused on identifying firms with the capabilities and capacity to compete and win SBIR/STTR funding for new product, service and process developments.
  • The Consortium leverages local, state, and national resources and capabilities to support rural firms with qualifying research and commercialization projects.
  • The Consortium identifies technology transfer opportunities from the University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and other institutions, to support rural-based technology commercialization efforts supported through SBIR/STTR funding.
  • The Consortium leverages existing relationships and create new relationships to connect, communicate, coordinate, and collaborate to deliver a powerful team to assist rural-based firms.

The Consortium is connected to the Launch Minnesota Hubs to leverage government, industry and academic resources.  Key Consortium members include:

  • Department of Employment and Economic Development (Funding Partner)
  • Launch Minnesota
  • Minnesota Venture Builders
  • University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization
  • University of Minnesota, Natural Research and Resources Institute
  • Mayo Clinic, Office of Entrepreneurship
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University
  • Agriculture Utilization Research Institute

The MICC is open to any public or academic organization in the technology commercialization environment.  There is no cost to join.  If your organization is interested in joining the MICC, send an email to Pat Dillon at, or call Pat at 952-230-4540.