Penn Center for Innovation

Beyond the Bench: Building a Startup with Small Business Grants

July 1 from 12pm – 1pm Eastern.  Learn more and register.

All are welcome to join the PCI Ventures team as they share “secrets to success” for submitting a highly competitive proposal to Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding opportunities. Learn about the different funding mechanisms and entrepreneurial resources available to companies, as well as best practices for crafting a compelling grant. Topics will include:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • How to leverage early insight from the funding source
  • Identifying the commercial opportunity
  • Developing product development focused goals
  • Assembling an experienced and qualified team
  • How non-dilutive funding supports future fundraising

Get to know PCIV and learn how they can improve your chances of receiving non-dilutive funding for your company. Over the last 10 years, portfolio companies participating in their SBIR/STTR grant support program, UPtheOdds, have received over $28 million in SBIR/STTR funding and in 2020, 30% of UPtheOdds participants successfully received an award.


Watch Our Past Webinars:


University Startups: Tips from Early Stage Investors. Recorded May 19, 2021


Moving Ideas to Market: A discussion with entrepreneurs and researchers. Recorded April 8, 2021


PCI Ventures 2.0: Updates to the Flagship Company Formation Programs . Recorded February 24, 2021


Startup Creation for Engineers. Recorded December 8, 2020


IP and Patenting for Engineers. Recorded November 18, 2020


VC 101: An Introduction to Venture Capital. Recorded November 12, 2020


Latest Intellectual Property Trends in Life Sciences. Recorded October 8, 2020


COVID’s Impact on Life Science Investing. Recorded September 10, 2020


SBIR/STTR Resources to Bring Your Technology to Market. Recorded August 4, 2020


Pennovation Works: Opportunities for Researchers and Startups. Recorded June 25, 2020


Turn Your Engineering Idea into a Startup. Recorded May 28, 2020


Company Creation at the University of Pennsylvania. Recorded April 16, 2020



Check out the Pennovation Center’s Event calendar here: Pennovation Calendar


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Every Wednesday @ The Pennovation Center: Drop-in office hours with PCI Ventures at the Pennovation Center (suite 229) from 9:00-12:00


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