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Accelerating Memphis Innovation: A Deep Dive Into SBIR/STTR Research Grants

November 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Attend this workshop to get an in-depth walkthrough of federal grants & state resources available for Memphis based startups & innovators.

About this event

In 2021, LaunchTN matched $700,000 of the $3,00,000 awarded to Memphis based startups that won Federal SBIR/STTR Awards, totaling a greater than 60% increase in the total number of SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Awards to Memphis based companies since program inception. While this is a trend worth celebrating, Memphis is still under-represented in the total number of federal dollars and awards it receives considering the world class quality of its research and innovation assets. As LaunchTN seeks to promote and accelerate innovation statewide, attend this workshop to get an in-depth walkthrough of federal research grant funding opportunities while learning more about state resources available to assist Memphis-based businesses in commercializing and bringing their innovative technologies to market.

Who should attend:

  • Academics (students, professors, post-docs)
  • Entrepreneurs with an innovative technology
  • Economic development and entrepreneurial support personnel


The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is a highly competitive federal program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in research and development that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.

In addition, LaunchTN maintains a portfolio of resources for Tennessee-based entrepreneurial researchers to advance their commercialization efforts. These resources include:

  1. Mentor Network programs that pair mentors with promising new companies and entrepreneurs;
  2. Microgrants that provide financial support for grant-writing assistance to Tennessee-based early-stage companies; and
  3. the SBIR/STTR Matching Fund that provides non-dilutive capital to Tennessee-based companies upon their successful federal grant award.

Email charles@launchtn.org with any questions.

This program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.




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