The SHARPhub assists life science entrepreneurs in establishing and growing startup companies to commercialize technologies. Integral to the SHARPhub program is using the federal SBIR/STTR programs as an early stage funding mechanism.

Training and networking opportunities offered by SHARPhub are open to all interested university and regional entrepreneurs. More intensive assistance is reserved for SHARPhub companies including:

  • One-on-one expert SBIR/STTR proposal development consulting
  • Access to a virtual classroom series on SBIR/STTR proposal elements
  • Proof of concept funding opportunities
  • Assistance with commercialization planning through the MAP program
  • SBIR/STTR post-award assistance, including accounting, grants management, Phase II proposal development, etc.
  • Mentorship, one-on-one coaching, guidance and other practical resources

The following Company Program Assistance is provided at no cost:

Virtual Classroom: On Demand Training

The SHARPhub offers on demand training for participants. These trainings are free of charge for SHARPhub companies. Contact SHARPhub at marisol@bbcetc.com for the code to waive the fee. Training is available for SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and post award, intellectual property for startups, and an in-depth eight session series on Commercialization of Research Technology that employs the lean startup method to developing your business.

Networking Events

SHARPhub companies are invited to hosted lunches and receptions periodically to learn from each other and the local and regional entrepreneurial community.  These can be attended in person or virtually.  Regional resource providers are also invited to attend to educate participant companies on other infrastructure in place to help them grow.

America’s Seed Fund: SBIR/STTR Consulting Assistance

As a SHARPhub Company, you have access to a variety of assistance in preparing, submitting, and administering an SBIR/STTR project including consulting, tools, templates, etc.

  1. Federal Registration Assistance MUST start this process at least 6-8 weeks before the deadline.
  2. SBIR Tips & Tricks:  BBCetc’s templates, outlines and tips for putting together a NIH SBIR/STTR proposal to keep you on track through the proposal development and submission process.
  3. Tools Repository:A Trello board of NIH SBIR/STTR outlines, tools and templates
  4. Timeline for Proposal Development:Detailing when each section of the proposal should be submitted to BBCetc for review provided as part of your tool package
  5. Iterative Proposal Review:Detailed edits and iterative comments, including phone discussions as needed including all key sections of the proposal.
  6. Live SBIR/STTR Webinars: A series of interactive webinars presented leading up to the submission deadline reviewing various proposal components.
  7. Electronic Submission Assistance:Our team will assist with the submission process as needed.
  8. SBIR/STTR Post-Award Assistance: Grant/contract management tool kit samples including company financial policies and procedures, chart of accounts, timesheets, budget management tools. Indirect cost and unallowable costs, reporting tools, and personnel handbook.  Government accounting and grants management overview is also provided.
Commercialization Assistance: Mentoring and Assessment Program (MAP)

The MAP goal is to develop strong commercialization plans for SHARPhub companies to put them on a stronger development path.  A consultant is assigned to the company to work together to develop a business plan to enable likelihood of funding through an SBIR grant and/or equity provider application.

  • Participants work 1:1 with a consultant on each step of the 8 Steps to Commercialization of Research Technology online curricula based the lean startup approach of early customer/stakeholder involvement to assess and validate (or pivot) to optimize commercial potential.
  • Online curricula provides actionable learning in concise 12-minute video format accompanied by materials to enable participant company’s to prepare a summary business pitch as the course develops.
  • Biweekly Zoom sessions with outcome goals.

This is a separate application process. Click here to learn more about MAP.

SHARPhub Company Program