Last Call!
Ideadvance Seed Fund Applications Due THIS FRIDAY!

Thanks to continued support from WEDC and UW System, the Ideadvance Seed Fund is in its 3rd round of funding supporting Wisconsin innovations through 2020.  Each year, applicants are thrilled for the prospect of up to $75,000 in grants to support their new or growing idea.  But less obvious is the impact of the training. 

The Ideadvance Seed Fund provides up to $75,000 in two stages to support entrepreneurs as they…
  •  Evaluate product or service ideas
  •  Explore key markets
  •  Validate demand
  •  Develop strategies for investment sources

Still not sure?  Listen to past participants answering the question, "Why Ideadvance?"  HERE.

Read more today! 

Read the entire news release here.

Contact the New Idea Concierge, Idella Yamben, to discuss your idea.

Save the Date!  The USDA is coming to Wisconsin!
Sign up for our USDA Funding Webinar NOW to reserve your spot

Have you considered the USDA in your funding strategy?  Attend this free webinar to determine if one of USDA's 12 topic areas may be a fit for your technology!  USDA is more than corn and cows!
Register Now

Will it work?  What is feasibility?

Feasibility is often a loosely defined term that might be difficult to pin down.  Phase I proposals are designed to ‘prove feasibility;’ i.e. show that your idea actually could work. Showing feasibility lays the groundwork necessary to be successful with a Phase II proposal and ultimately commercializing a product. The extent of proving feasibility will certainly vary depending on your project, your goals, how far along your technology is, and what key technical problems remain to be solved.

How do I figure out how to show feasibility?....Read full article here.

Details and discussion on determining a Phase I feasibility study will be a key component of the SBIR Ready program (read more about SBIR Ready below).

SBIR Ready Now Accepting Applications

CTC's popular program for new-to-SBIR faculty, post-docs and early career scientists, SBIR Ready, is now accepting Letters of Interest! 
SBIR Ready is an immersion opportunity designed to support an individualized, self-directed career path for early-career scientists.  Using applied business development activities and SBIR/STTR grant writing skills, this short course will teach you invaluable skills needed to be successful in vetting new technologies and accessing funding through this $2.5 billion non-dilutive federal program.  This program is for innovators or researchers  WITH or WITHOUT their own technologies. 

Teams can access up to $3,000 toward their idea.

In this free, 4-week course expect to;

  • Evaluate your tech project from multiple angles to make a business case
  • Receive help extracting specific aims with market research, gap analysis and best practices examples
  • Draft a budget and compile resources needed with guidance from our team
  • Receive a walk-through of the SBIR application process
SBIR Ready begins June 4th and is being held in Madison, Milwaukee, and one UW System campus TBD (based on interest).

Complete an interested applicant form today!

Submitting to NSF? 
CTC Presubmission Review

Planning on submitting an SBIR proposal for the June NSF deadline? Let us review it first. Our multidisciplinary panels mimic the federal agency’s review process and taps reviewers with experience in SBIR/STTR funding, technology commercialization and/or technical expertise.
Our goal is to provide you with actionable recommendations regarding your draft ahead of your SBIR/STTR submission deadline. 
Draft proposals due by noon on May 20th.

Register today!

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May 20, 2019
NSF Presubmission Review

May 22, 2019
USDA SBIR/STTR Program Essentials Webinar
Presenter Elden Hawkes, USDA Program Specialist

Solicitation and Review Deadlines

April 19, 2019
Applications Due

National Institute of Standards and

April 19, 2019
Ideadvance Applications Due

April 22, 2019
USDOT SBIR Applications Due
US Department of Transportation

June 13, 2019
Applications Due

National Science Foundation
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