Elevate Vermont Program Makes $800,000 Out there to Startups and Rising Tech Corporations for Technical Help, Matching Grants and Innovation Analysis
Vermont Enterprise Journal Governor Phil Scott and the Company of Commerce and Neighborhood Growth at this time introduced the launch of the State’s first Expertise-Based mostly Financial Growth program designed to catalyze development in Vermont’s excessive tech enterprise sector via elevated entry to focused technical and analysis help. Coined as Elevate Vermont, the aim of the multi-faceted program is to assist speed up early-stage know-how firms and assist established small companies stay related in a world market.
“Supporting companies in each area of the state to retain and create jobs stays a prime precedence of my administration,” stated Governor Scott. “This program will assist our progressive employers develop and succeed within the world market, whereas strengthening our communities right here at dwelling.”
H.439 (Act 74) appropriated $800,000 to this system within the 2021 legislative session. An in depth request for proposals (RFP) course of has resulted within the choice of exterior consultants who can help Vermont companies in efficiently making use of for federal Small Enterprise Innovation Analysis (SBIR) and Small Enterprise Expertise Switch (STTR) grants.
Yearly, the federal authorities grants out over $3 billion to small companies via the SBIR/STTR applications through a extremely aggressive utility course of.
Elevate Vermont will help firms searching for this non-dilutive (no lack of fairness) funding via one-on-one SBIR/STTR utility help from skilled advisors at North Carolina-based Eva Garland Consulting, LLC.
The utility for this Technical Help is now open and accepting submissions on a rolling foundation till funding is depleted.
“Vermont has by no means earlier than had such alternative to help startups and early-stage tech firms,” stated Division of Financial Growth Commissioner Joan Goldstein. “These investments current an unlimited alternative for the state’s rising tech sector.”
Within the coming months, two extra purposes will develop into out there below the Elevate Vermont moniker to offer much more help for firms engaged with SBIR/STTR. Eligible individuals could qualify for matching grants to speed up the commercialization of their know-how, offsetting prices similar to gross sales and advertising bills that can not be supported with SBIR/STTR funds.
Elevate Vermont may also present an Innovation Analysis Partnership Program to assist small companies strengthen connections with analysis establishments that may help them in fixing difficult product improvement points.
To obtain notification concerning the Elevate Vermont program as extra info turns into out there, please subscribe to the Division of Financial Growth publication.
Governor. Montpelier 8.10.2022. www.vermont.gov