Accelerator Application

Apply to the Accelerator

Purpose: The Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator application is used to evaluate your proposed project for our assistance, and your fit with the federal programs.

Target Audience: Our target audiences are startups and small businesses, fewer than 500 employees, who are seeking federal research and development funding to support early stage product development and commercialization.

Pre-Requisites: Please attend our SBIR/STTR 101: An Overview of America’s Seed Fund in addition to our Self-Assessment to determine your readiness. We also highly recommend that you read and review the SBIR Tutorials at the website.

Completion Time: The application completion may take up to 60 minutes to complete. You can save your progress and finish later using the button at the bottom of the form. A link to complete your application will be sent to the email address you enter.

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Legislative Location

Please visit to get your answers for the following questions

Employee Demographics

Veteran Status(Required)

Company Demographics

Does your firm have a financial management system?(Required)
Which agency is your company targeting? (Check all that apply)(Required)
Has your company used these programs? Check all that apply.(Required)
Has your company received a Launch Minnesota Business Operations Grant in the past?(Required)
Use this link to determine the level of your concept: (select the most appropriate level for your research project).
Does the proposed project involve an industry partner, academic institution(s), a federal laboratory, or another institution?(Required)
Does your team have scientific or technical writing experience?(Required)
Describe the technical innovation that would be the focus of the project, including a brief discussion of the origins of the innovation as well as an explanation as to why it meets the program’s mandate to focus on supporting research and development of unproven, high-impact innovations.
Describe the R&D or technical work to be done in the proof of concept project, including a discussion of how and why the proposed work will help prove that the product or service is technically feasible and/or significantly reduce technical risk. Discuss how, ultimately, this work could contribute to making the new product, service, or process commercially viable and impactful. This section should also convey that the proposed work meets the definition of R&D, rather than straightforward engineering or incremental product development tasks.
Describe the customer profile and pain point(s) that will be the near-term commercial focus related to this technical project.
Describe the background and current status of the small business, including key team members who will lead the technical and/or commercial efforts. Include legal, accounting and any other advisors who you count as part of your team.
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