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!

Our resident outdoors expert and grant writing guru shares Tips from Todd in coordination with Idella’s Ideas, now that Season 1 is concluded.

Season 2, Episode 2 – DOD Initial Process

Todd is here to help you get started with your DOD funding journey.
-Find out what the difference is between DOD SBIR contracts and other agency SBIR grants.
-See who you should contact and when.
-More!
Contact your Topic Manager by June 2!

Season 2, Episode 1 – How to Navigate a DOD Prerelease

After a ~long~ hiatus, Tips from Todd is back to help you navigate a DOD Topic Prerelease. These can seem overwhelming and technical but Todd helps simplify the process in Episode 11! Check it out to see if your innovation could be funded by DOD SBIR.

Episode 10 – SBIR Summary & SBIR Ready

Tune in for the Season Finale of Tips from Todd! Todd is sharing his final thoughts, so far, on the SBIR process and letting you know why YOU should for SBIR Ready for a significant advantage in writing your SBIR funding proposal!

Don’t forget to fill out your SBIR Ready Letter of Intent by May 8, 2020 at wisconsinctc.org/sbir-ready!

Episode 9 – Letters of Support

Tips from Todd’s “special guest” is here to tell you which Letters of Support you need when seeking SBIR funding for your innovation!

Episode 8, Part 2 – Principal Investigator

Tips from Todd is back to expand upon who qualifies as a Principal Investigator when your team is seeking SBIR funding for your innovation. Find out if your PI fulfills the requirements to apply!

Episode 8, Part 1 – Principal Investigator

Seeking a principal investigator to pursue funding for your innovation? Not sure if a member of your team qualifies? No Ph.D.s? Tips from Todd is here to share his expertise and dispel concerns about PIs so your innovation can get off the ground and apply for SBIR funding!

Don’t forget to fill out your SBIR Ready Letter of Interest by May 8, 2020!

Episode 7 – SBIR vs. STTR

Tips from Todd explains the key differences in SBIR and STTR to help you understand which is right for your innovative idea or small business.

Don’t forget to fill out your SBIR Ready Letter of Interest by May 8 at wisconsinctc.org/sbir-ready.

Episode 6 – SBIR Milestones

What milestones have you achieved through innovation? SBIR needs to know! Let Tips from Todd help you clear a path to innovation by determining which milestones you want to highlight.

Episode 5 – Specific Aims for SBIR

Episode 5 of Tips from Todd is focused on making sure YOU are as specific as possible in your SBIR. Find out how to make sure you’re using proper terms to get noticed!

Want more guidance on creating a winning proposal? Visit the Writing Tips section of our Blog.

Episode 4, Part 2 – What is SBIR Innovation?

Evolutionary or Revolutionary? Chance of technical failure? What are federal funding agencies looking for? Find out in Tips from Todd Episode 4, Part 2!

Episode 4, Part 1 – What is SBIR Innovation?

Today Tips from Todd walks YOU through what funding agencies define as innovation. Find out if and how your idea fits and could be considered for an SBIR. See Part 2 for more specifics!

Episode 3, Part 2 – SBIR Significance Statements

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN SBIR: For Profit? ✅ Less than 500 employees? ✅ Owned by U.S. Citizens? ✅ YES – EXISTING BUSINESSES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR over $3.7B in federal funding. Tips from Todd will show you how to start with a good significance statement and let us PAY YOU to practice with your company’s new, innovative approach.

In Episode 3 Part 2, Todd is sharing his knowledge on the dos and don’ts of an SBIR significance statement.

Episode 3, Part 1 – SBIR Significance Statements

In Episode 3, Part 1, Todd talks you through the importance of a significance statement in your SBIR. Why?? The more significant problem you have, the more likely you are to be funded!

Episode 2 – Sample Ideas for SBIR

Now that you know “Why SBIR?” Todd is here to talk you through some sample ideas for SBIR to get started! (Check out the excellent illustrations too!)

Episode 1 – Why SBIR?

Our outdoor expert and grant writing guru kicks off this series by sharing why YOU should apply for SBIR with YOUR innovative idea!


Visit this page every Tuesday and Thursday occasionally for new episodes! Season 1 has concluded but Todd will be releasing new episodes in conjunction with Idella’s Ideas.

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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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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