Non-Federal Government Seed Money
Is Seed Funding The Right Answer For Your Startup? – Written by a seed-stage investor about non-government seed funding, helps entrepreneurs determine if seed funding is the right approach when setting up their business. By Gain Christensen. Entrepreneur. April 4, 2018.
Small Business Funding: Find Financing Options in 2021 – Includes state and regional small-business grants.
Federal Government Seed Money
SEED (Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development) YouTube Channel – NIH videos provide guidance for starting a company. 16 videos.
SBIR.gov – Small Business Innovative Research. An important resource collection of the Small Business Administration. Over 55 tutorials. Agency overviews. Program basics.
Federal Government/Academic/Business Collaboration: “Proof of Concept” Programs
The following programs supporting translation of research to business applications are available to academics at participating institutions. Others may use the wealth of resources available online.
- The federal government (NIH’s Small Business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office, the FDA, and the US Patent office)
- Academia (at participating institutions – more than 100 in 2021)
- Private-sector businesses and funding
Mission: “To accelerate translation of scientific discovering into commercial products that improve health for patients.” Academic scientists at participating institutions are given the opportunity for entrepreneurial training, mentoring, pilot funding, access to expertise and resources, and guidance to reach milestones that lead to licensing of a product or a startup business based on their research.
- NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovation (NCAI) – This program is within the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) initiative. Training videos and resources are available.
- Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs (REACH) – Trans-NIH program implementing the Proof of Concept Partnership Program. Videos explaining this initiative:
- NCI SBIR Development Center – Similar to the above programs but sponsored by the National Cancer Institute to support the commercialization journey from academic researcher to researcher/entrepreneur.