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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.

Less than $20M of $47B in SBIR/STTR investments was awarded to Minnesota rural-based firms since 1982.   This is unacceptable!  We strongly believe there are startups and existing companies in rural Minnesota that ought to seriously consider these programs to support new products, services, and processes.

Our vision began with the creation of the Consortium to assist rural-based firms to apply and win SBIR/STTR investments by leveraging resources and capabilities at the state and federal levels.

  • The Consortium is focused on identifying firms with the capabilities and capacity to compete and win SBIR/STTR funding, and aren’t afraid of FEDERAL government grants or contracts.
  • The Consortium will leverage local, state, and national resources and capabilities to support rural firms with qualifying research and commercialization projects.
  • The Consortium will identify potential 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 will leverage 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 focused on rural-based firms in targeted areas, but not limited to these areas.

  • Duluth
  • Mankato
  • St. Cloud
  • Winona
  • Red Wing
  • Rochester
  • Bemidji
  • Moorhead

Federal SBIR/STTR Funding Agencies:

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Education
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • National Science Foundation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Department of Agriculture

Leveraging Government and Academic Resources and Capabilities:

  • Department of Employment and Economic Development (Funding Partner)
  • 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.