No. Unlike many accelerator programs, the Park does not require equity to participate in programming or to become a tenant.
SBIR / STTR Grant Proposal Writing
Helping You Secure Funding To Pursue Your Goals
A major hurdle most startup companies face is securing funding to ensure that operations may continue and/or grow. Believe it or not, there are many ways to fund your company, though it’s not always easy. We’ll help you understand the options and develop a proper strategy for your company. While KU Innovation Park does not provide direct investment to companies, our dedicated team can help you develop a more fundable company or idea and leverage our network of regional partners and resources to form a plan.
How It Works
There are many moving pieces when it comes to sourcing the proper funding.
KU Innovation Park provides all of the tools to do so. We offer assistance on many tasks to help tenants identify and apply to multiple sources of federal, state, and local non-dilutive funding and other incentives.
When you work with KU Innovation Park, we can assist you with the following:
Identifying funding opportunities
Registrations for DUN, SAM, EIN, sbir.gov, and more
Commercialization Plan Assistance
Letters of Support
Post-Award Grant Administration
Registrations and Submissions
Facilitating KU Subawards
Grants + Incentives
One of the biggest resources for small business funding is SBIR & STTR grants. Along with all of the aforementioned services, we provide general proposal review and copyediting to help tenants succeed in SBIR & STTR grant proposal writing.
- Kansas Angel Investment Tax Credits
- Kansas Department of Commerce Economic Development Incentive Programs
- City/County Economic Development Incentive Programs
SBIR & STTR Grants
SBIR grants are an excellent source of funding for research-based startups. Forming a company to apply for an SBIR adds a layer of complexity to the process but can help you kick-start your company’s growth. The Park team can help you set up the necessary business infrastructure, navigate the proposal and KU sub-award process, and connect you with trusted, expert SBIR consultants. Our experience in this specific area is a valuable resource for growing companies.
With KU Innovation Park, you will have a wealth of resources at your disposal. We facilitate collaboration between our resident companies and public and private organizations, programs, and partners who support entrepreneurship, innovation, and commercialization.
The Park works closely with the University of Kansas (KU) and the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC). We are a liaison to connect companies with people, technologies, and facilities within the University to help you achieve success.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the KU Innovation Park team has helped numerous companies prepare for capital raises. We can also connect you with other regional resources to assist you with this process.
Yes, one of the services the Park offers is assistance in forming companies for SBIR/STTR programs, preparing grant proposals, and managing the grant post-award. To access these services, the company or researcher must be a member of the accelerator program, a virtual tenant, or a tenant at one of our facilities.
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are essentially the same, with a heavier research assist from the University on an STTR.
Take the first step in sourcing funding.
Learn more about the new heights you can achieve when you work with KU Innovation Park.