Capital Connections - SBIR/STTR Grant Development Series
Investments in innovative small businesses are one of the critical aspects of economic development and recovery. Over the past 3-4 years, Orange County has failed to take advantage of the non-dilutive public funds available for early stage capitalization of new companies and, as such, has not capitalized on an opportunity to develop and support our local high technology ecosystem.
OCTANe and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering (HSSoE) have formed a collaborative partnership in an effort to bring more small business innovation research grants to Orange County and the UCI campus. In addition to HSSoE, UCI participation includes faculty from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, and School of Physical Sciences.
This program provides a combination of educational sessions and direct coaching and submission support to assist up to six start-up companies to target, create, and submit grant applications for small business innovative research funding and it is expected that a significant number of these will receive this non-dilutive funding. The funding ultimately is used to build new companies, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.
Greg Washington, Dean of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering, William Tang, Associate Dean for Research and professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Matthew Jenusaitis, President and CEO of OCTANe introduce and moderate the speakers.