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The Minnesota innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem is vibrant that offers startups and existing companies a wide array of resources to gain traction with their technology commercialization efforts. We collaborate with government and academia to support startups and existing firms in the federal R&D arena.

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, with 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
  • Technology Roadmap and Assessment
  • Business Case Determination
  • Project Definition
  • Proposal Development
  • Electronic Registrations
  • Grant and Contract Management (Limited)
  • Cost Accounting and Indirect Cost Rate
  • Technology Transfer Opportunities (University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and Federal Laboratories)
  • Angel and Venture Capital Connections (On a case-by-case basis)
  • Referral to professional services (attorneys, accountants, marketing, etc.)

Launch Minnesota Innovation Grants

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.
  • 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 – We help you understand the world of federal R&D grant and contract funding. The federal R&D landscape 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 you demystify this environment.

The University of Minnesota, MIN-Corps and the Minnesota Venture Builders offer critical educational content for startups and existing companies to commercialize a new product, service, or process.  We encourage you to review their information for video presentations from the experts.  Click here for more information.