The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center has opened applications for the 2021 Lab2Launch Accelerator for summer 2021.
During the multi-week program, companies will learn how to tackle the Small Business Innovation (SBIR) funding program. This program, along with the Small Business Technology Transfer program, awards approximately $3.7 billion each year to early-stage companies to develop innovative technologies.
The summer 2021 program will focus on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and products/services that cater to the department’s SBIR objectives and research. These research topics include forests, plant production and protection, animal production and protection, natural resources conservation, food science and nutrition, rural development, aquaculture, biofuels and bio-based products, and small and mid-sized farms.
“USDA has broad research topics that generally repeat from one funding cycle to the next. One of the regular topics is ‘Rural and Community Development,’ which encompasses a range of project ideas leading to solutions that will ultimately improve quality of life for rural America. So, many companies who may have a non-agricultural customer type in mind may find that their technology is relevant to USDA’s interests,” ASBTDC innovation specialist Rebecca Todd said in a statement.
Accelerator participants will learn how to select a topic for an SBIR proposal, prepare a budget, writing and edit the proposal, perform market research and more.
The summer accelerator will begin in June. The Lab2Launch accelerator will be held virtually, allowing companies around Arkansas to participate. For more information on the accelerator, contact Todd at 501-831-2584 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted until May 28, 2021. There is no application fee or cost to participate. To apply, click here.