Quick Chat Archive

Now is the time to innovate!  Use this time productively and learn as much as you can while planning your business’ next steps in an uncertain climate.  CTC will be hosting monthly “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. Have an idea for a Quick Chat? Contact us with your idea!

Seedlinked & TitleTown Tech: A Mission-Accelerating Partnership

Viroqua-based ag startup, SeedLinked, recently announced seed investment from Green Bay’s Titletown Tech. In this Quick Chat, we were joined by people from both organizations. Seedlinked co-founders, Nicolas Enjalbert and Dylan Bruce, and Titletown Tech partner, Neil Mix, spoke about how this relationship came about, mutual benefits and next steps.

https://youtu.be/d-apJU8hJts

Strategies for Commercializing Your Tech w/ DOD

Meet William (Bill) Altergott, CTC Service Provider specializing in support for Department of Defense (DoD) SBIR/STTRs. With 20+ years winning DoD SBIR, working with prime contractor and OEM funds, Bill will share strategies for commercializing technologies with DoD funding with a focus on engaging and showcasing value to prime contractors.

NIH I-Corps – What? Why? How?

Dr. Canaria helped to launch the NIH I-Corps program that’s been running since 2014. She also is an NCI program director supporting funding, mentoring and networking to small businesses developing innovative cancer technologies.  Dr. Canaria joined us to discuss the impacts, opportunities and best practices for small businesses learning and leveraging the NIH I-Corps program. 

Working with the NIH and alternative NIH funding opportunities

Chang Hee, Founder and CEO of GoDx chatted with CTC on his experience with NIH and how he utilized many NIH programs to fund his commercialization activities and research. Learn more about his interesting journey and what programs are available to assist startups!

Getting a Little Help from her Friends

Paige Peters, founder and CEO of Rapid Radicals started a company based on a wastewater treatment technology in 2016. In this Quick Chat, she talks about the lift key partnerships have given her company to get to this point. Looking forward, she also shares her vision on the bridge future partnerships will provide in bringing her product to market

The Challenges and Opportunities of Taking the Leap from Academia

Dr. Christina Runge is a professor and clinician who has started a small business, Ascending Hearing Technologies. Hear her story on challenges and opportunities in the leap from academia into the world of small business, winning STTR funding, and advancing technology to improve hearing with an innovative personal sound amplification product (PSAP).

DOD SBIR Awardee Insights

Watch our quick chat with Rapid Imaging CEO, David Geisler. Rapid Imaging has been successful in navigating the DOD SBIR Program and is going to share tips/tricks and recommendations for other businesses seeking the DOD as a customer.

Commercialization Plans; Surpassing Reviewers’ Expectations

Ben Schrag, Senior Program Director for SBIR/STTR programs at the National Science Foundation joined CTC to share insight on best practices for preparing NSF SBIR/STTR commercialization plans. Learn about key review criteria that are considered in the NSF review process and why an emphasis on commericailzation is required EVEN in Phase I proposals.

Your Plan to Get Out

It’s not too early for startup companies to be thinking about their exit. CTC hosts Teresa Esser, managing director of Silicon Pastures – a Wisconsin-based angel investment network that has invested in 67 early stage high-tech companies. Teresa shared her expertise on how founders and their advisors can prepare their companies for the ultimate liquidity event.

Navigating The SBIR/STTR Program as an University Researcher

Dr. Kalpa Vithalani, Marquette University’s Director of Technology Transfer speaks with CTC on best practices for researchers looking to launch a business based on their work in a university. “It may seem daunting, but Milwaukee has a whole ecosystem ready to support you.”



Why Innovation Matters in Times of Distress

Tina Chang is founder and CEO of Syslogic, an innovative information systems consulting and services firm located in Brookfield WI, and that specializes in applying innovative technology and process design to solve clients’ toughest business challenges.
Tina will talk about how she and her company not only weathered the 2007-2008 recession, but pushed forward with new innovation and initiatives to advance her company.  Part of that was a $1M in STTR grant funds received allowing technology development that became key moving forward.


Getting Started with the DOD

Learn about past DOD awardees and the successes and challenges they encountered along their journey to DOD funding.  After 20 years of working with the DOD, Becky Aistrup of BBCetc joins CTC in a quick chat focused on tips to get started, how to navigate this opportunity, and past example experiences to help you consider this +$1B funding opportunity.


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