Business and Technical Assistance

We bend over backward to help promising firms navigate through the process. With 11 agencies participating in the programs, with each one operating differently, it can be a complicated and confusing landscape. Moreover, access to a vast amount of information at your fingertips, you could spend countless hours searching for information only to discover that you went down some major rabbit holes.

We want you to avoid those rabbit holes. We have the knowledge, experience, and relationships to help you navigate these programs efficiently and effectively. When your firm is approved to participate in the Accelerator, we will deliver a blended experience through cohort training and individualized and confidential coaching covering these topics and much more:

  • Small Business Eligibility
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Business Case Discussion
  • Technology Due Diligence
  • Project Definition
  • Technology Roadmap and Assessment
  • Technology Transfer Opportunities (University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and Federal Laboratories)
  • Angel and Venture Capital Connections (On a case-by-case basis)
  • Referral to to hire high-quality STEM undergraduate and graduate student interns
  • Referral to professional services (attorneys, accountants, marketing, etc.)

State Grants for Startups and First-Time SBIR/STTR Phase II Awardees:

Our Assistance:

Getting Started – We help you think strategically about how to leverage these programs to achieve your goals. Keep in mind, this is not a destination, it is a journey.

TABA and DTA Commercialization Assistance – The John S McCain National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 authorized and appropriated funding for technical assistance and business assistance. SBIR/STTR Phase I proposers should include up to $6,500 in its budget (excludes NSF), and SBIR/STTR Phase II proposers should include up to $50,000 in its Phase II budget (excludes NSF). For more details, visit We can help you with this request for this assistance.

Powerful People Connections – We engage with federal agency leaders, qualified consultants, and professionals who deliver value-added advice and guidance to startups and existing firms.

Proposal and Budget Pre-Submission Reviews – we are experienced to provide technical and budget reviews of Phase I and Phase II proposals using the agency review criteria, and our extensive experience.

Commercialization Plan Review – we offer an outside perspective of the agency commercialization requirements and how your commercialization plan addresses the requirements. The director has been a commercialization plan reviewer for the United States Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.

Indirect Cost Rate Determination – we engage qualified experts, local and national, who can help you determine your indirect cost rate. This is a really important number, so take the time to determine this rate.

Pre-Award and Post-Award Assistance – the world of federal R&D grant and contract funding is full of rules, regulations, policies, etc. We offer limited support in this area; however, we also provide referrals to qualified consultants, accountants, government contract attorneys, and others to help demystify this environment.


Scientific and Technical Writing Resources –  One strategy is to analyze peer-reviewed journal articles in your technology area to get an idea of what is expected for a SBIR/STTR research proposal.  There are many resources to use to prepare a high-quality proposal.   Here are links to NIH funded proposals that can serve as examples: