SBIR Ready - Building Skills, Proving Concepts


The greatest risk is not development of new product, but development of customers and markets.                      -Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur

Do You:

  • Want to learn how to be competitive and function as a scientific leader for your company or another small business?
  • Want practical experience making a business case to get an idea to market (aka, technology commercialization)?
  • Want strategies to access non-dilutive funding to reduce early technology risk?
  • Want to improve your resume and be an attractive new industry hire?
  • Have an innovative, disruptive tech idea for a business or want to work with innovative tech?
  • Want to earn up to $3,000 to identify strategic markets and research pathways for an innovative idea?

About SBIR Ready

This immersion opportunity supports graduate students and early-career scientists seeking applied business development skills.

The SBIR Ready Bootcamp will teach you the secrets to articulating a business case for your team’s innovation.  The program will help you tap into the $2.5 billion non-dilutive federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to launch your business and careers. 

Did we mention that teams completing an enhanced market and research strategy proposal are eligible to earn up to $3,000 toward their business?

Don’t have your own innovation? Let us connect you with a technology where you can practice this process.

What Does SBIR Ready Offer?

SBIR Ready is a series of four 3-hour workshops conducted in a small-group setting, with hands-on team and individual exercises.

  • Session 1, “Your Value Proposition”: In this Lean Startup Crash Course, define a problem worthy of SBIR funding as well as its target market and your potential competition.
  • Session 2, “The Distilling Process”: Determine specific aims with measurable outcomes, using feedback from experts and peers, market research, gap analysis and best-practice examples.
  • Session 3, “What You Need to Make It Happen”: Now that you have a research plan, draft a budget and the resources you need: your team, collaborators, consultants and facilities.
  • Session 4, “SBIR Ready? How to Apply”: Get a walkthrough of the SBIR application process and, if you’re ready, schedule the next-step consultation to give your idea a shot.

This process will help you:

  • Evaluate your tech project from multiple angles to make a business case.
  • Develop tools toward a winning SBIR/STTR proposal and viable team strategy for your innovative idea.
  • Learn how to be competitive and savvy in federal grant programs.
  • Gain confidence as you build competence in exploring a viable career path.

When/Where are SBIR Ready Classes? When Are Applications Due?

Two 4-week cohorts are planned so far for 2017:

1. March: Deadline to apply is Feb. 15. Please see application information below.  

  • Classes take place Wednesday March 8th, March 15th, March 22nd, and March 29th from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  (location to be announced)
  • Concurrent Madison classes are held with the support of a Madison based instructor.  Madison sessions will be held in Research Park or the Pyle Center based on applicant demand.

What Does it Cost?

The program is free and funded in part by the Small Business Administration.

How do I Apply?

To apply as an individual, .  We will do our best to match you with other solo-applicants.

To apply as part of a team,  

Who Can I Talk to For More Info?

Outreach Specialist Margaret Ramey: or call 414-227-3165.