Testimonials

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“We feel lucky to have Pat mentoring us with our first SBIR application. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and thorough. She patiently guided us through the whole process including registrations and budgeting, even sent us reminders of the deadline. Her feedback and suggestions on the proposal were quick and spot-on. Pat is very easy to communicate with. She is honest and straightforward but has never made us feel uncomfortable or intimidated. She is willing to help in many different ways. We definitely would like to work with Pat again for future applications.”
Dr. Lei Feng, Particle4X (U of M Spinoff)

“Pat Dillon and MNSBIR are incredible assets to the Minnesota tech and startup community.  Nothing can prepare you for putting together an entire grant package and actually submitting it. Pat took the time to read through the entirety of our proposal (letters of support, budget, and justification, 15-page grant, everything!), leaving no stone unturned. Without Minnesota state funding for a program like this and Pat as a passionate professional to help us, we surely would have had a tougher time preparing and winning our NSF SBIR Phase I award of $256K with the potential for $1M+ in Phase II.”
Wesley A. Wierson, Ph.D., CEO, LEAH Labs

“Pat Dillon has deep knowledge about all things SBIR/STTR, and she passes this along to her clients. My company, Neurotype Inc., was admitted into the Fall, 2019 MNSBIR SBIR/STTR Accelerator course led by Pat, and I believe this experience greatly increased our chances for success in the NIH SBIR Phase I proposal we submitted in Spring, 2020. Pat’s feedback is quick and honest and helps her clients avoid many possible missteps. Additionally, she has a keen eye on grantsmanship and strategy, which is useful for early-stage startup clients seeking to grow their business. It has been a pleasure working with Pat and MNSBIR over the past year and I look forward to working with her more in the future.”
Scott Burwell, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Neurotype Inc.

“I am grateful for MNSBIR’s help in submitting an NIH SBIR grant. MNSBIR, through Pat Dillon, was caring and helpful in providing guidance and looking into the complicated logistics of the grant funding requirements as well as in sharing submission costs charged by a consulting firm. The assistance was invaluable and we could not have done the application without this expert assistance.”
Claude Tihon, Ph.D., CEO, CT Resources

“I have been working with Pat Dillon for over three years at two different companies. Before meeting Pat, I had very little knowledge of the SBIR process or submitting an SBIR proposal. Pat’s assistance is more than just how to write a proposal. She is an amazing educator who provides help with all aspects of starting a small business and securing government grants. Because of Pat’s help, we have received over $1.3M in NSF and NIH SBIR grants. Pat is an invaluable asset to small businesses and the state of Minnesota.
Charlie Spanjers, PhD, CEO, Berd LLC

“Thank you again for all your hard work and assistance throughout the years. Our Department of Commerce, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration SBIR Phase I award would not have been possible without your guidance and mentorship. I look forward to working with you in the future on our SBIR II application.”
Ed Rudberg, PhD, CEO, CD3 Systems

“MNSBIR (Pat) is a vital resource for the University of Minnesota innovators seeking to build businesses based on their inventions.  With guidance from MNSBIR workshops and coaching, our researchers have successfully navigated the complexities of federal agency solicitations, written strong proposals, and – best of all – attracted millions of dollars in non-dilutive funding.”
Carla Pavone, Ph.D., Program Director and Co-PI, MIN-Corps
Associate Director, Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship
Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

“Pat is always responsive to questions and willing to help, or quickly get us in contact with subject matter experts on the many nuances of working with grants.   She also is constantly communicating to us recent information concerning incentives and other initiatives for small businesses in Minnesota.  It is always a pleasure working with Pat and she definitely provides a value add to all of us at TerraCOH.
John Griffin, CEO, TerraCOH (University of Minnesota Startup)

“Pat is always there to help. There are very few people I have met in my life that are more passionate about serving their customers than Pat.”
Brian Brockway, CEO, VivaQuant

“Pat Dillon’s deep knowledge of the SBIR and STTR programs and federal agencies have been critical to the University of Minnesota startups’ success securing tens of millions of grant funding over the past two decades. Her professionalism, passion, and warmth have encouraged our startup leaders to follow their dreams in bringing their innovations to the market!”
Mary MacCarthy, University of Minnesota, Venture Center

“On behalf of the three biotech startups that I have co-founded over the past 19 years, I want to thank you for all the outreaching followed by one-on-one advising that you do to enable young companies to get funding at the earliest stage. Over the years, my companies have been awarded close to $20million in SBIR/STTR funding to further their development without issuing a single share of stock.

A great example of that within the past year is a Phase I SBIR award to NovoClade before it attracted any investors.  The positive evaluation (funding) by an experienced scientific/business review committee was a strong endorsement of the company’s scientific foundation and its business approach. This is always important in the translation of nuanced scientific discoveries to the market place that generally does not have the expertise to closely scrutinize breakthrough ideas and the findings that support them.

I also have noted that you are always present at the various events that present startup entrepreneurs to their first rounds of investor pitches. You are always there to remind the entrepreneurs of what MNSBIR can offer them in terms of obtaining funding and accompanying the validation of their ideas and goals.  Thank you, Pat.”
Perry B Hackett, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Genome Engineering, Dept. of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, University of Minnesota

“It is my pleasure to write in support of MNSBIR. Without help from MNSBIR, my company never would have even left the ground. Not only is Dynation still around, but so are other small cooperating companies whose work is synergistic with ours. MNSBIR is critical to sustaining an ecosystem where small startup companies are engaged with others in cooperation that supports mutually beneficial development. As an entrepreneur, I can tell you that one must struggle for every resource and it’s Pat Dillon’s 26 years of knowledge, experience, and relationships in the SBIR/ STTR programs that give us a chance! When our business becomes successful, it will have created a new technology zone, new jobs and economic growth in outstate Minnesota, none of which would have happened without MNSBIR.”
Eric Morrison, Ph.D., Founder, Dynation LLC and NanoBotano LLC

“Working with Pat takes the stress and anxiety out of navigating the complex world of SBIR grants. I am not sure where else I would turn for the guidance and help that has allowed us to be awarded over $1M in non-diluted government grants.”
Andrew Jones, Ph.D., CEO, Activated Research Corporation

“Whether it is the numerous and differing funding agency requirements, the many unwritten rules or providing and recommending experts to help Pat Dillon and her team at MNSBIR have been and continue to be essential partners in securing SBIR Phase I, Phase II and beyond for Champaign Imaging LLC.”
Curt Corum, Ph.D., Co-Founder/President, Champaign Imaging LLC

“Pat Dillon and MNSBIR are a valuable resource for small businesses in Minnesota. The US Government has a set-aside program for small businesses called the Small Business Innovation Research program that can provide over $1 million in non-dilutive funding to support innovation and the ability for sole source US Government sales beyond that funding. The process can be overwhelming for businesses just starting. Pat helped Adventium Labs navigate the process 17 years ago and remains an important resource as we continue to leverage the SBIR program. I frequently send CEOs of small businesses to Pat to help them understand how the program can fit into their overall funding strategy.”
Kyle Nelson, CEO, Adventium Labs

“MNSBIR has been invaluable in guiding us through the SBIR requirements. We consider Pat Dillon as part of our team, with her being involved in understanding our technology to propose business strategies and align our proposal with SBIR requirements. She has never been shy to ask probing questions or point out if we are on the wrong path. Her ability to visualize our project in the context of the larger SBIR mission has enabled us a 75% success rate.”
Goutham Vemuri, Ph.D., CEO, Saysa LLC

“I feel that Pat is part of my team on the SBIR grant application. On numerous occasions, she provided help and guidance on how to deal with NIH, pointed me in the right direction when I needed to find the information, connected me with people experienced in receiving SBIR funding. Our grant application process took more than a year (and is still going) and Pat has always been there for me during this process with her timely responses to my questions, her encouragement, and advice. We are very grateful to have such an experienced and outstanding person assisting with us.”
Juliana Elstad, President and CEO, Impleo Medical, Inc.

“We have found your workshops to be extremely informative in helping describe the various forms of potential governmental funding, your feedback on our grant applications to be highly constructive and especially timely when under the crunch of a submission deadline, and your enthusiastic consistently accessible participation to be reassuringly supportive throughout the application process. You provide a tremendous resource that we’ve regularly called upon and will continue to call upon. Thanks for all of your direct support and for supporting the larger entrepreneurial community.”
Brian Larson, CEO, Darcy Solutions (University of Minnesota Startup)