Jumpstart Kansas Entrepreneurs

Technology Development and Business Counseling Grants

 Competitive Solicitation Opens Jan. 3
Applications Accepted through Jan. 23

OBJECTIVE
WSU Ventures seeks to identify high-potential technology development collaborations with Kansas based individuals or companies that have a commercialization timeline of less than 18 months.  The product or service must be innovative, such as a new idea, device, method or application of a better solution.  WSU Ventures expects to award approximately six awards for technology development to businesses, innovators, and entrepreneurs for qualifying expenses related to expanding their ability to conceive, develop, and/or produce technologies and to deploy new technology based processes; each award will not exceed $10,000.  The grant awards are subject to availability of funds and a competitive review, evaluation, approval by an advisory panel and the Kansas Department of Commerce. 

PROGRAM GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS

  • Applications are open to south central Kansas based individuals or companies, including but not limited to the following stages of development:
  • Entrepreneurial concepts or ideas
  • Proof of concept
  • Company growth opportunities
  • Start-ups (not limited to first stage)
  • Fully executed contract must be received prior to start of any technical assistance funding/reimbursement.
  • Third party contracts are prohibited; innovator’s enterprise must benefit from successful commercialization of innovation.
  • Scope of services should be for the purpose of increasing business competitiveness and/or to promote growth and/or avoid layoffs.
  • Technology development and business intelligence activities can be conducted at the business’s own facility, at a provider’s facility/laboratory, or at a combination of sites.

REIMBURSABLE EXPENSES

  • Technical assistance
  • Feasability studies
  • Planning activities
  • Market intelligence
  • Laboratory fees
  • Domestic travel
  • Technology or process development
  • Faculty/research, graduate or undergraduate student fees, wages
  • Training software and information technology

DEADLINE: Jan. 23 / ROUND 2 PITCH DATE: Feb. 7

CONTACT: wsuventures@wichita.edu