Startup Development Collaborations
Does your prospective company have all the resources needed to further prototype and test your device?
Have you thought carefully about all the remaining tasks that must be performed in order to translate your conceptual device (product features) to the prototype you now envision?
Assuming you have had adequate interaction with knowledgeable, prospective customers and are confident in the user requirements you’ve established:
- Have you identified and have access to all resources that will be required (engineers, scientists, clinicians, equipment and facilities) to complete the design and development of the prototype?
- Can your team design an appropriate test protocol and conduct the testing of the prototype in a manner that will be accepted by other experts as demonstrating feasibility?
- Do you have adequate funding to accomplish the above?
If the answer to all of these questions is “Yes”, then you are fortunate to be in full control of your prototype development, and are also likely to have distinct ideas regarding what you intend to accomplish with your product concept. You may even be ready to demonstrate feasibility, and are contemplating your next step toward commercialization, which may include seeking a partnership for product development and/or market launch. If so, you should visit Corporate Partnering & Sub-Licensing.
If the answer to any of the earlier questions regarding your access to resources is “No”, you may need to identify collaborators and/or sources of funding that may be available for further support of prototype development. The options will differ depending on whether or not your startup will retain a working relationship with your university, through mechanisms such as sponsored research agreements or SBIR/ STTR grant partnerships. If so, your affiliation and familiarity with policies will guide your new company’s relationship with your alma mater.
Could your startup benefit from collaboration with another university or a federal laboratory?
If you are seeking specific technology (possibly complementary to your own), or simply need scientific or technical expertise, special prototyping tools, or testing equipment that may be available in another university or Federal Laboratory, visit External Universities or Federal Laboratories.
Are you seeking non-dilutive POC funding opportunities?
For a review of the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Program, grant eligibility criteria, and suggestions for improving your chances of a successful proposal, go to SBIR Opportunities & Requirements.