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The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP) Hub provides the infrastructure to help researchers commercialize game-changing life science technologies through startup companies. Through SHARPhub, entrepreneurs can access training and mentoring to assist them in spinning out their life science discoveries into startup companies.

SHARPhub is the result of a 2018 National Institutes of Health FastTrack STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) grant awarded to BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc). A significant part of SHARPhub’s focus is helping startups develop competitive SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant applications to provide seed capital to fund early stage research and development in startup companies. These two federal programs provide a compelling source of non-dilutive funding that encourages technology-based small companies to explore high risk technologies and profit from their commercialization. The BBCetc team is nationally recognized for its success in helping clients secure SBIR/STTR funding and use it strategically to propel growth. Learn more at bbcetc.com.

The SHARPhub focuses on training, early-stage funding, mentoring and networking to help innovators accelerate the transfer of biomedical technology to the commercial market.


Through classes, workshops and webinars, faculty and students can learn about market assessment, protecting intellectual property,
customer discovery, starting a company, funding the company through the SBIR/STTR program and more.

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Mentoring & Coaching

Through the SHARPhub Cohort program, innovators receive one-on-one coaching, guidance and advice from well-connected experts.
Cohort program participants will receive SBIR/STTR proposal development and business mentorship. 

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Faculty, staff and student entrepreneurs will network with startup executives, subject matter experts and other entrepreneurs
at local SHARPhub training programs and cohort events. Watch our Training & Events page for these opportunities.

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