MN-SBIR offers free, confidential, one-on-one assistance in business development and technology commercialization to successfully compete in the federal SBIR/STTR programs.  These programs are highly competitive and complex for those who are not familiar with the federal R&D arena.  MN-SBIR can help you understand the programs and the complex federal R&D landscape and whether your firm or project is a good fit for federal R&D funding.

Our assistance includes:

  • Outreach and Information
  • Education and Training
  • Mentoring and Coaching

How We Help You

The heart and soul of our assistance is deeply-rooted in business development and technology commercialization to guide and advise small businesses through the SBIR/STTR process toward commercialization.   The process covers this broad and deep areas:

SBIR Process

Education and Training:   We encourage you to attend an in-person training session or a webinar to learn about the Programs.  Click here for a calendar of training events.

Coaching and Mentoring:  Depending on the background and experience of the business and technical team, we will provide guidance and advice on a range of business, marketing, intellectual property and financing topics to assist you through the SBIR/STTR process.

Business and Technology Assessment: Each small business is required to submit  an executive summary that includes information on the company and team; the market opportunity, value proposition, and customers; the technology/ innovation; and the competition for evaluation purposes.   After careful analysis and assessment, qualified small businesses will be encouraged to develop an SBIR/STTR Roadmap.  We will help you identify the gaps to position your business for future success.

SBIR/STTR Roadmap:  The SBIR/STTR Roadmap is a planning tool to help you develop a funding pipeline for 18 months based on your proposed product development projects matched with appropriate federal agencies’ funding opportunities and strategies.

Pre and Post Award Assistance:  The breadth and depth of assistance is agency and small business dependent.  We provide coaching and mentoring to award recipients on issues related to their pending award and post award.  We coordinate with experts in the federal acquisition regulations, budgets and cost proposal and business process consultants (as needed) to ensure businesses are compliant with federal agency requirements.

Commercialization Assistance:  Leveraging our resources combined with our small pool of qualified consultants, and local and national resources, support your commercialization efforts.