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U of Nevada program expands to help more start-ups earn SBIR/STTR grants


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 18th, 2020

With support from the state of Nevada, a successful university program is expanding to help more tech entrepreneurs earn federal grant funding for their growing start-ups.

Launched in 2019 by the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), the Sierra Accelerator for Growth & Entrepreneurship (SAGE) is designed to put Nevada innovators — including those unaffiliated with a university — on the path to secure Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grants.

Now, with support from the State of Nevada Knowledge Fund and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), the program will include a new SAGE South branch in partnership with the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV).

“We are planting seeds to support business development, and GOED is enormously supportive of these efforts,” says Ellen Purpus, assistant vice president for enterprise and innovation at UNR. “Nevada is working to diversify its economy, and supporting smaller tech companies can go a long way toward this goal. Early-stage companies are often at a point that they are not able to obtain investors. SBIR/STTR grants can give early-stage companies a leg up.”

Kegan McMullan, SAGE South coordinator at UNLV, adds, “I believe we have a truly unique opportunity here to help diversify the economy in Southern Nevada, as well as the state as a whole. After all of the personal, physical and economic destruction resulting from COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to invest in long-term, sustainable growth through the commercialization of technologies. By joining with SAGE North we are building a statewide partnership in an unprecedented way.”

Nevada Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall comments, “Supporting small technology-based businesses is currently more important than ever for high paying job creation in our state. I am grateful to the Knowledge Fund for maintaining and expanding the SAGE program, thereby providing countless small technology-based businesses in Nevada with the necessary support to decisively increase their chances of obtaining federal SBIR/STTR grants which have proven to be crucial funding mechanisms for enabling fast business up-scaling and job creation.”

Source: Nevada Today

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