Bragging Rights

Bragging Rights

It is not every day that we get to brag about current and former clients. First, GoodCity was awarded the EDA's Seed Fund from the 2018 funding round. GoodCity's plan will be to create the INVEST Chicago Opportunity Fund, an equity-based, sustainable pool of capital, which will fund early-stage companies in Chicago’s underrepresented and unconnected communities in designated Opportunity Zones. The fund will focus on technology, manufacturing, and other scalable startups that spring from the research and capacity development at surrounding universities (including the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, and others). Additionally, the fund will work ...
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EDA Launches 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Competition

EDA Launches 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies Program Competition

EDA just announced that it is now accepting applications for the 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program funding as of February 1, 2019! The RIS Program, operated by EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE), continues to increase regional capacity to bring technologies to market and grow innovative companies by investing in projects that support entrepreneurs and increase access to risk capital. This sixth iteration of the RIS Program again offers funding through two competitions: FY19 i6 Challenge—catalyzing high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the country, the i6 Challenge awards up to $750,000 for projects that increase regional capacity to accelerate the translation of innovations, ideas, intellectual ...
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Rapid-Cycle Evaluation

Rapid-Cycle Evaluation

At E.B. Howard, we know how important evaluation is for the success of your business, but we also know how time-consuming evaluation can be. That’s where Rapid-Cycle Evaluation (RCE) comes in. RCE is a process for evaluating changes in program operations quickly and knowing whether the changes made their intended improvements. Traditional evaluation methods may not always meet the needs of your business. They may take too long, are costly, and can not always keep up with the development of your business. RCE, however, measures the impact of changes to program operations using a rigorous research method and relies predominantly ...
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5 reasons you are NOT ready for a grant

5 reasons you are NOT ready for a grant

If you are part of an organization that is just a start-up in the first three to five years of operation, it is likely that you could always use more funding. We all could. It is tempting to turn to grants. After all, they are equity-free (non-dilutive funding), don’t need to be paid back, and are relatively free of the hassle that may come with venture funding or loans. Sounds great! Hold up! It is not as simple as simple as one may think, and if your organization is just starting out, grants may not be the best place to ...
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FinTech 2019 - Christine a first-round judge.

FinTech 2019 – Christine a first-round judge.

Christine E.B. Howard recently participated in first-round judging in the 2018 Female Founders in Tech (FinTech) competition. She previously participated as a first-round judge for Quesnay's InsurTech track. E.B. Howard Consulting is an advocate for supporting women through mentorship, visibility, and funding while encouraging inclusion in the tech industry. The new FinTech program launched on Nov. 12th, 2018. Once the Round 1: Online is complete, applicants will be evaluated by a group of judges, who are leaders from business, academia, and the VC / incubator community (judging criteria are available in the Official Rules). Following the Online Judging Round, five ...
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Need your SBIR Dollars to go further?

Need your SBIR Dollars to go further?

Need your SBIR Dollars to go further? We know where all the supplemental or matching dollars are located. Many US states offer resources to companies to assist with SBIR/STTR proposal preparation and/or to supplement SBIR/STTR funding. Need help? We can develop elements of the narrative, development & alignment of goals and objectives with program narrative and/or funder expectations, budget justification, and budget in alignment with solicitation requirements. Arkansas: The Division of Science & Technology provides limited financial support for the transfer and deployment of innovative technology. It will fund up to $3,750 of costs associated with transferring new or existing ...
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76WEST Clean Energy Competition Application Open

76WEST Clean Energy Competition Application Open

Applications close 15 April 2019 Leading clean energy startups are encouraged to apply, and the six most promising businesses will be awarded individual prizes ranging from $250,000 up to $1 million and afforded critical business and technical resources. 76West is an unparalleled competition focused on growing entrepreneurs and attracting resources from the U.S. and around the world to build clean energy businesses and jobs in New York State’s Southern Tier region. The competition offers $20 million in prize money and support services, including a $1 million top prize. 76West is designed to further develop the regional community of clean energy ...
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The Blunt, Cold, Hard Truth: Success rate or success ratio is a bad measure

The Blunt, Cold, Hard Truth: Success rate or success ratio is a bad measure

Why "Success Rate" is a bad measure and the answer is not as straightforward as you would like with SBIR/STTR funding and Win Rate or Success Rate or Success Ratio is a misnomer and a misconception. In the non-dilutive funding world (e.g. grant writing) there is an assumption that if you have 30% success - you must be BAD or if you have anything better than 75% you must be GOOD. Did you know that there are funding lines like SBIR/STTR that have funding rate of ~9 to 18% probability of success? Yikes!! So how does one reconcile this with a ...
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Federal Shutdown & Grant Funding

Federal Shutdown & Grant Funding

The standoff between Congress and President Donald Trump over funding for a wall on the southern border has left the US government partially shut down for three weeks with still no end in sight. Work at several agencies has ground to a halt and the effects are rippling across the research world. It is difficult to quantify exactly how much funding has been delayed due to the shutdown because each agency works on a different schedule, but we do know which agency is affected. Here is what we know so far. Department of Energy (DOE) = OPEN and business as usual ...
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2019 Phase I ED/IES SBIR Program Solicitation DELAYED

2019 Phase I ED/IES SBIR Program Solicitation DELAYED

UPDATED January 11, 2019: It is now anticipated that the 2019 ED/IES SBIR Phase I program solicitation will be released on or around January 31, 2019, with a due date 45 days later.  Please note: the Department of Education and its SBIR program are NOT affected by the partial government shutdown. The solicitation will first be released on FedBizOpps.gov, and soon after will be posted on this page. For updates on the timing of the release of the 2019 program solicitation, sign up for the IES Newsflash and follow ED/IES SBIR on twitter @IESResearch. The 2018 Phase I ED/IES SBIR ...
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DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2

DOE SBIR/STTR Programs have a mandatory Letter of Intent (LOI) requirement—you must submit a Letter of Intent according to the FOA requirements to be eligible to submit a full application. Did you get your LOI in on time in PAMS? Your LOI was due January 7th at 5 pm Eastern. If you did, we would love to help you with your proposal. We are taking on DOE projects in preparation for the February 25th Deadline.  The DOE SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) are listed on their Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) page.  To learn about the technology areas with available DOE SBIR/STTR funding, view ...
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Funding Opportunities Due in January & February

Funding Opportunities Due in January & February

Looking for funding? We have your list for January & February. January will be here before you know it, so act fast. As always, be sure to check with each funder with regard to focus, fit, funding amounts, deadlines, and approach before applying. Don't see funding that fits your needs? Let us develop a highly curated menu to fit your specific funding needs. We can identify federal, state, foundation, or other opportunities that can help sustain existing initiatives or make new plans and future successes a reality. Schedule a consult call with us here. Multicultural Innovation Lab 2019 - Building ...
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Beyond SBIR: Other Non-Dilutive Funding Streams

Beyond SBIR: Other Non-Dilutive Funding Streams

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants are a great place to start when searching for funding streams for your small business. Because of the various government organizations that offer grants, SBIR provides plenty of opportunities for grants in a variety of fields. However, SBIR is not the only form of non-dilutive funding available for small businesses; it’s important not to get so caught up in searching for an SBIR, that you overlook other potential funding sources that could be very beneficial for your business. Below are a couple of funding sources to pay attention to: 1. Other government grants: SBIR ...
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Intersection of Evaluation and Entrepreneurialism 

Intersection of Evaluation and Entrepreneurialism 

Entrepreneurship is exciting. When you have the opportunity to make your idea come to life and start your dream business, it can be difficult to think about anything else, especially evaluation. However, there is a place where evaluation and entrepreneurialism intersect. Regardless of what stage your business is in, it is important to be constantly evaluating and adjusting based on data. Think of it this way: if you are not evaluating each step of the way, you will not know what data you should be measuring to determine success. Especially when you are implementing a federal, state, or privately-funded funding ...
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We know when ALL of the SBIR proposals are due for 2019.

We know when ALL of the SBIR proposals are due for 2019.

We have your SBIR/STTR schedule for 2019. We know when ALL of the SBIR proposals are due for 2019. ALL OF THEM. Now is the time to put plans into place to ensure that your proposals are submitted on time. What you should know is that each year, federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) budgets that exceed $100 million are required to allocate ~3.2 percent (FY 2019) of their R&D budget to these programs. Currently, eleven federal agencies participate in the SBIR program. You can see more details from each agency HERE or you can pop down to the table below ...
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Female Founders in FinTech 2018 - Proposals Due December 17

Female Founders in FinTech 2018 – Proposals Due December 17

Quesnay has 6 years of experience running innovation competitions, creating customized acceleration programs, and developing digital partnership strategies in order to source external ideas/startups and connect them into the clients’ organizations. Over the 6 years, we recognized the distinct lack of representation and startup funding among women and launched the Female Founders in Tech program to help solve this problem. In 2016, venture capitalists invested $58.2 billion in companies with all-male founders. Meanwhile, women received just $1.46 billion in venture capital money. This problem is more stark in FinTech. According to a 2017 KPMG report, only 12 out of 500 deals ...
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SBIR/STTR Dollar Amount of Awards Adjusted for Inflation

SBIR/STTR Dollar Amount of Awards Adjusted for Inflation

The SBIR/STTR Statute (15 U.S.C. §638) establishes a cap for the maximum dollar amount of SBIR and STTR awards, above which an agency must request an SBA-approved waiver. SBA shall adjust the maximum dollar amount every year for inflation. The adjusted cap is effective for all solicitations and corresponding topics issued on or after the date of the adjustment. Agencies may amend their solicitation and other program literature accordingly. Agencies have the discretion to issue awards for less than maximum dollar amount. For more information regarding a specific agency’s award guidelines, please visit their solicitation and website. Agencies may exceed this cap ...
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DOD SBIR 19.1 & STTR 19.A Broad Agency Announcements Pre-Release

DOD SBIR 19.1 & STTR 19.A Broad Agency Announcements Pre-Release

The Department of Defense (DOD) SBIR 19.1 and STTR 19.A Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) have been pre-released on the DOD SBIR/STTR Small Business Portal. During the pre-release period, you may now view topics and ask technical questions directly to topic authors. Their contact information can be found at the bottom of each individual topic. Topics can be viewed at https://sbir.defensebusiness.org/topics. DOD BAA/Solicitation Changes: The Small Business Administration (SBA), through its SBIR/STTR Policy Directive, purposely departs from normal government solicitation formats and requirements and authorizes agencies to simplify the SBIR/STTR award process and minimize the regulatory burden on small business.  Therefore, consistent with the SBA Policy Directive, ...
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SAVE THE DATE - Pitchfest from SheAngels – February 23, 2019

SAVE THE DATE – Pitchfest from SheAngels – February 23, 2019

You could win thousands! To apply to pitch, CLICK HERE With less than 5% of traditional funding going to women entrepreneurs - there is a way to help female business owners get ahead - it is called SHE ANGELS, as in angel investors! The SHE ANGELS event and TV Web series are designed to energize and inspire the participants, the panelists, and the audience who attend the event and watches the series! It takes a village and you can be a part of this fearless initiative to empower more women business owners! The successful SHE ANGELS investor panelists are giving back and ...
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NOAA SBIR FY 2019 Funding Opportunity

NOAA SBIR FY 2019 Funding Opportunity

The Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites small businesses to submit research proposals under this NOFO. Firms with the capability to conduct research and development (R&D) in any of the topic areas listed in Section 9 of this announcement and to commercialize the results of that R&D are encouraged to participate. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is not a substitute for existing unsolicited proposal mechanisms. Unsolicited proposals are not accepted under the SBIR program. Only FY 2019 Phase I applications may be submitted in response to this NOFO. Phase II applications are not being ...
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