Case Study – Mentors For SBIR NSF Phase 2 Commercialization Plans

For three years, 2009-2012, we worked as the sub-contractor to a prime contractor Development Capital Network who had a contract with the National Science Foundation. They were hired to provide technical assistance to Phase One SBIR award winners who were completing their Phase Two Commercialization Plans. Over the 3 years (6 groups of award winners), we provided over 150 mentors, who assisted over 300 companies. Each mentor was matched to a company based on their industry expertise. Most mentors spent 5 to 20 hours helping Phase 1 grant winners improve their written commercialization plans for Phase II grant money.