Program Description

The NYC Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) is currently launching a new program, SBIR Phase 0. Its goals are to identify and improve the preparation of potential applicants to the NSF Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I program.

Eligibility

To qualify, teams should:

  • Develop a deep technology (high-risk, high-reward)
  • Not be otherwise eligible for a traditional I-Corps Team program (i.e. no previous NSF award or one that has been inactive for 5 years)
  • Consist of at least two entrepreneurs (at least one of those with a deep technical focus) plus at least one mentor with industry (preferably startup) experience
  • Plan to form a company (upon completion of this program)
  • Plan for the Technical Lead in the team (the future Principal Investigator (PI) on the SBIR grant) to have 50%+ effort at the company
  • Plan to submit an NSF SBIR Phase I application (upon completion of this program)

If you are an existing company, you may qualify should the company:

  • Develop a deep technology (high-risk, high-reward)
  • Not be otherwise eligible for a traditional I-Corps Team program (i.e. no previous NSF award or one that has been inactive for 5 years)
  • Consist of at least two entrepreneurs (at least one of those with a deep technical focus) plus at least one mentor with industry (preferably startup) experience
  • Plan for the Technical Lead in the company (the future Principal Investigator (PI) on the SBIR grant) to have 50%+ effort at the company
  • Plan to submit an NSF SBIR Phase I application (upon completion of this program)

Please note: Eligibility is not limited to just the above. If unsure, please contact the NYCRIN team to see if you are eligible.

Prior teams and companies who have gone through a national I-Corps cohort are disqualified from applying.

Benefits

  • Concentrated time to focus on commercialization activities
  • Build relationships with experienced entrepreneurs and investors who can help you bring your product to market
  • Identify commercial potential for your technology to increase probability of grant success and/or raising venture capital
  • Teams/Companies prepared to be entrepreneurially competitive
  • Success stories include: new start-up businesses, licensing agreements, SBIR/STTR awards, business models suitable for review by third-party investors

Other Considerations

  • The national cohort is a rigorous course and very time-intensive. Teams, particularly the entrepreneurs, must commit a minimum of 15 hours/week.
  • The national cohort is 7 weeks in length and attendance for the entire team is mandatory at all events. Teams must be on-site for the 3-day kickoff (Week 1), the weekly online WebEx meetings (Weeks 2-6) and the 2-day finale (Week 7).

Upcoming Cohort Dates

Spring Cohort #1 Los Angeles, CA
Kickoff (on-site): April (arrive 10) 11-13
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4pm ET – April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16
Lessons Learned (on-site): May 21-22

Spring Cohort #2 San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Kickoff (on-site): April (arrive 15) 16-18
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4pm ET – April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21
Lessons Learned (on-site): May 31 – June 1

Spring Cohort #3 San Antonio, TX
Kickoff (on-site): April (arrive 24) 25-27
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4pm ET – May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 7-8

Spring Cohort #4 Indianapolis, IN
Kickoff (on-site): April (arrive 29) 30-May 2
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4pm ET – May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 4
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 11-12

 

Summer cohorts to be determined soon.