Tips from Todd!

CTC Sparks: The Innovator Series – Tuesdays and Thursdays connect to CTC’s thought leaders for assistance in getting your innovation funded through the SBIR/STTR program!

Now is the time for Innovation. Did you know the federal government has a $3.7B set aside for Small businesses (US owned under 500 employees)! Whether you’ve been in business for decades or just starting, there is funding available to move new technologies and products forward from agriculture, manufacturing, education and more!

Season 3, Episode 21 – TABA Funds Part 2

SBIR TABA funds often have two tracks to use their funds to assist in your business activities. Join Todd for a fireside breakfast 🔥🍳 to find out what those are and how they can help you commercialize your innovation:

Contact Todd to see how TABA funds could enhance your innovation: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 20 – TABA Funds Part 1

Most SBIR funds must be used for technology purposes but Technical And Business Assistance (TABA) funds are set aside to allow for commercialization activities. Let Todd tell you more from an amazing location 🌅🌳:

Contact Todd to see how TABA funds could enhance your innovation: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 19 – Think like Dave!

Todd wants YOU to think like former CTC Director Dave Linz – an engineer and businessman – when you are developing your innovative idea. Let Todd tell you more:

Contact CTC if you are ready to “Think like Dave!”: https://centerex.wisconsinsbdc.org//reg.aspx?mode=counsel&center=52030&wizardnum=2&program=CTC

Season 3, Episode 18 – Internal Peer Review

Internally reviewing your proposal is extremely important. Even if multiple people are contributing – you must be telling one cohesive story of your innovation. Find out more from Todd and contact CTC to get reviewed for FREE:

Be reviewed for free: https://wisconsinctc.org/programs/sbir-and-sttr-guidance/pre-submission-expert-panel-reviews/

Season 3, Episode 17 – Conferences

A great resource to help you prepare your proposal? Agency conferences! Connect with program officers and innovators across agencies to see how you can submit the best proposal. Learn more:

Don’t miss DoD’s TechConnect October 19-21 (Innovations and Abstracts due June 25): https://events.techconnect.org/DTCFall/

Season 3, Episode 16 – SAM All Contracts!

Todd is here to make sure that when you’re applying through SAM (System for Award Management) registration, YOU choose the correct option to optimize your application for all available funds. Find out more and see what he crafted today 🌳🎼:

Season 3, Episode 15 – Applying to multiple agencies

YES! You can apply to multiple SBIR agencies. Join Todd out snowshoeing 🎿 (We know, we know! No one wants to see snow ❄️ right now.) to find out more about the rules for applying and additional ‘Tips’ from Todd:

Contact Todd to get see which agencies are a fit for your innovation: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 14 – Collaboration with other companies

As you go through your innovation, you may realize you don’t have all the skills you need –> this is where company collaboration comes in. Learn more about SBIR’s rules for collaboration in this Tips from Todd:

Contact Todd to get some more encouragement to make your mark: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 13 – Leave your mark!

It is one thing to have an idea, it is another to commercialize that idea to influence the world in some way – big or small. Join Todd at Thousand Hill State Park for some additional encouragement to leave your mark:

Contact Todd to get some more encouragement to make your mark: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 12 – NCI Special Topics Budget

NIH has special topics that allow you to exceed typical budget caps. Specifically National Cancer Institute doesn’t want you missing out on these extra funds. Find out more on this winter stroll ❄️⛷ with Todd:

Let Todd help you determine if you qualify and how much funding you may be able to procure: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 11 – Pitfalls and Alternative Strategies

When writing a proposal you MUST address potential pitfalls and how you will address them. Join Todd out on the water to learn more:

Let Todd help you determine your pitfalls and discuss alternative strategies: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 10 – Budget Categories

Your project has a budget! Actually it has a few of them…. Take a trip 🚣‍♀️ with Todd to find out more about budget categories for your project.

Attend CTC’s SBIR/STTR Cost Proposal Preparation Workshop Feb. 24 to learn more about budgets: https://wisconsinctc.org/department-of-defense-sbir-sttr-workshop-series/

Reach out to Todd for more: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 9 – DOE Phase 0

Don’t leave your innovative idea in the dark 🌃–> connect to the Department of Energy ⚡️ for SBIR/STTR funding. If you’ve never pursued commercialization before, their Phase 0 program may be for you! Let Todd help you find a light 🔦:

Let Todd help illuminate 💡your idea: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 8 – AFWERX Open Topics

AFWERX Open Topics is a new program through DOD’s SBIR funding which focuses on customer discovery rather than directly on technology. See if this program will help you Spark ✨ your innovative fire 🔥:

Contact Todd to get your Spark going: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 7 – SBIR Advance Phase 2

Making the business case for your innovation is important but expensive. If you have a Phase 2 SBIR, apply for SBIR Advance to receive $100K in match grants! Row 🚣‍♀️ 🏞 with Todd to learn more:

Apply for SBIR Advance NOW: wisconsinctc.org/sbir-advance

Season 3, Episode 6 – SBIR Advance Phase 1

Don’t get caught upstream 🌊 without a paddle 🚣‍♀️! If you have an SBIR Phase 1 grant underway and need to test your business hypotheses, SBIR Advance is the program for your innovation! Todd is here to help you row through 🚣‍♀️ :

Apply for SBIR Advance NOW: wisconsinctc.org/sbir-advance

Season 3, Episode 5 – SBIR Advance

SBIR Advance solicitations are now open! This SBIR match grant and mentorship program will help YOU commercialize your business. Find out more from Todd and check back for parts 2 and 3:

Apply NOW for SBIR Advance before January 16: wisconsinctc.org/sbir-advance

Season 3, Episode 4 – Academic Grants vs. SBIRs

When seeking funding 💸 for your innovation, there are many things you must consider. One of them is deciding whether you will want to apply for academic 📚 grants or an SBIR/STTR. Find out the difference today:

See how Todd can help determine what is right for you: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 3 – Collaborations

Teamwork makes the dream work! Collaborations can help your innovation succeed (and sometimes they are necessary for SBIR/STTR funding). Find out more in this episode of Tips from Todd:

Connect with Todd to start collaborating: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 2 – SBIR Proposal Aims

Do you have your SBIR proposal aims set? Are they dependent or independent on each other? Catch up with Todd before he tries to go catch 🎣 some fish for more:

Catch up with Todd: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Season 3, Episode 1 – Make it easy for your reviewer!

Coming off his Season 2 Movie, Todd is back for Tips Season 3!
He’s out on the water (with a friend) to let you know how your SBIR proposal can make your and your reviewers’ lives easier!

Talk to Todd said for more: https://wisconsinctc.org/team/todd-strother-ph-d/

Missed Season 1, 2 & The Movie!? Check them out here: https://wisconsinctc.org/tips-from-todd-archive/


CTC Sparks: The Innovator’s Series

Idella’s Ideas

Idella YambenCTC’s Lean Startup expert, will share her expertise and straightforward tips on Tuesdays and Thursdays as part of ongoing installments of Idella’s Ideas!
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Brian’s Board

Brian Walsh, CTC’s commercialization expert, will share his expertise and information about the ins and outs of commercialization on Tuesdays and Thursdays
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Quick Chats

CTC is hosting weekly or bi-weekly “Quick Chats”, where experts from various agencies, organizations, and programs will share their experience with CTC.  These 20-30 min chats are a great way to get an introduction to new resources, funding, and programs.
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