SHARPhub Program Overview

The SHARPhub Company Program delivers a wide range of training and assistance to help establish and grow life science startups in the Central Region. This assistance is provided at no cost to participants through a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

SHARPhub Companies receive help developing their company through the MAP (Mentoring and Assessment Planning) Program and securing early stage funding through the SBIR/STTR funding program. Educational programs and networking events complement direct assistance received.

Applications to the Program are accepted on a rolling basis.

The following Company Program Assistance is provided at no cost:


On Demand. Virtual. In-Person.
Training is available for numerous topics in multiple formats to help move your technology and startup company forward. Topics include 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.

Training opportunities are open to all participants, but SHARPhub companies receive additional intensive assistance.


including SBIR/STTR consulting assistance
1:1 Proposal Development assistance; Federal Registration Assistance; tools and templates; iterative proposal reviews; live NIH SBIR/STTR webinars; Electronic Submission assistance; and SBIR/STTR Post-Award assistance.

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The MAP program develops strong commercialization plans for SHARPhub companies putting them on the strongest possible development path. A consultant is assigned to work with you to develop a business plan to increase the likelihood of getting funding through an SBIR grant and/or equity providers.

Click here to learn more about MAP.


SHARPhub companies are invited to attend (virtually or in-person) sponsored events to learn from each other as well as local and regional entrepreneurs. Regional resource providers are also invited to attend to help educate participant companies on the infrastructure needed to help them grow.


The SHARPhub Resource Navigator connects life science researchers and entrepreneurs with business-building resources throughout the SHARPhub region. Tap into a growing database of partners to find the right resources at the right time. Available resources include business plan development, market analysis, financing, operations assistance, incubator space and much more.

Get more information by accessing our Blog articles, SHARPhub newsletter and searching the SHARPhub Resource Navigator.

We are always looking for great resources, programs and organizations to become part of the SHARPhub Resource Navigator. If your organization can provide business-building assistance, facilities or other resources to startups in Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Dakota or South Dakota, please click here to submit your listing.

For more information or questions, watch this brief webinar or contact Marisol Rodriguez (

SHARPhub Program