Early Stage Venture Financing for America’s Technology Entrepreneurs

Early Stage Venture Financing for America’s Technology Entrepreneurs

Jan 22, 2014


New Hampshire ranks 22nd in total federal dollars awarded to small companies that have early-stage and high risk technologies with high potential for commercialization.  Through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, New Hampshire companies have received over $425M since the program’s inception. To increase the financing of New Hampshire’s entrepreneurial initiatives, NH Inspires Innovation will offer a series of SBIR/STTR workshops around the state.

“SBIR funding has provided major support for the development of breakthrough methodologies that equip our customers with innovative design tools, giving them a distinct competitive advantage for meeting tomorrow's challenging requirements for interoperability, testability, soft error recovery and lowest power,” says Jake Karrfalt, CEO of Alternative System Concepts, Inc., Windham, NH.  “These workshops were invaluable when I first learned how to win these highly competitive SBIR and STTR awards. Each agency has its own rules and evaluation process”.

Over the next six months, small businesses and researchers can learn how to write a commercialization plan or a proposal based on a specific federal agency’s technological interest.  For a more general overview, attend the SBIR/STTR 101 and Agency Differences sessions to learn the nuances of each agency’s requirements.



February 10        How to Write a Department of Defense SBIR/STTR Proposal , Nashua

February 11        Commercialization Planning in Detail , Manchester

February 12        Agency Similarities & Differences , Manchester

February 12        SBIR/STTR 101, Manchester

May 12,                SBIR/STTR 101, Nashua

May 12                 Department of Defense Follow-on, Nashua

May 13                 How to Write a Department of Energy SBIR/STTR Proposal , Manchester

July 14 & 15         How to Write a National Institutes of Health SBIR/STTR Proposal , Lebanon

July 15                   Agency Similarities & Differences , Lebanon


For more information, visit the NH Inspires Innovation website or contact Gretchen Smith at gretchen.smith@unh.edu or 603-862-0123.

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