Real Experiences From Former Clients

Hear what clients are saying about their experiences with MNSBIR, and the impact our SBIR Accelerator program has had on the success of their company. Read Partner Testimonials at the bottom of the page

Darcy Solutions (University of Minnesota Startup)

We have found your workshops to be extremely informative in helping describe the various forms of potential governmental funding, your feedback on our grant applications to be highly constructive and especially timely when under the crunch of a submission deadline, and your enthusiastic consistently accessible participation to be reassuringly supportive throughout the application process. You provide a tremendous resource that we’ve regularly called upon and will continue to call upon. Thanks for all of your direct support and for supporting the larger entrepreneurial community.

Brian Larson CEO, Darcy Solutions (University of Minnesota Startup)

Impleo Medical, Inc.

I feel that Pat is part of my team on the SBIR grant application. On numerous occasions, she provided help and guidance on how to deal with NIH, pointed me in the right direction when I needed to find the information, connected me with people experienced in receiving SBIR funding. Our grant application process took more than a year (and is still going) and Pat has always been there for me during this process with her timely responses to my questions, her encouragement, and advice. We are very grateful to have such an experienced and outstanding person assisting with us.

Juliana Elstad President and CEO, Impleo Medical, Inc.

Saysa LLC

MNSBIR has been invaluable in guiding us through the SBIR requirements. We consider Pat Dillon as part of our team, with her being involved in understanding our technology to propose business strategies and align our proposal with SBIR requirements. She has never been shy to ask probing questions or point out if we are on the wrong path. Her ability to visualize our project in the context of the larger SBIR mission has enabled us a 75% success rate.

Goutham Vemuri, Ph.D. CEO, Saysa LLC

Adventium Labs

Pat Dillon and MNSBIR are a valuable resource for small businesses in Minnesota. The US Government has a set-aside program for small businesses called the Small Business Innovation Research program that can provide over $1 million in non-dilutive funding to support innovation and the ability for sole source US Government sales beyond that funding. The process can be overwhelming for businesses just starting. Pat helped Adventium Labs navigate the process 17 years ago and remains an important resource as we continue to leverage the SBIR program. I frequently send CEOs of small businesses to Pat to help them understand how the program can fit into their overall funding strategy.

Kyle Nelson CEO, Adventium Labs

Champaign Imaging LLC

Whether it is the numerous and differing funding agency requirements, the many unwritten rules or providing and recommending experts to help Pat Dillon and her team at MNSBIR have been and continue to be essential partners in securing SBIR Phase I, Phase II and beyond for Champaign Imaging LLC.

Curt Corum, Ph.D. Co-Founder/President, Champaign Imaging LLC

Activated Research Corporation

Working with Pat takes the stress and anxiety out of navigating the complex world of SBIR grants. I am not sure where else I would turn for the guidance and help that has allowed us to be awarded over $1M in non-diluted government grants.

Andrew Jones, Ph.D. CEO, Activated Research Corporation

Dynation LLC and NanoBotano LLC

It is my pleasure to write in support of MNSBIR. Without help from MNSBIR, my company never would have even left the ground. Not only is Dynation still around, but so are other small cooperating companies whose work is synergistic with ours. MNSBIR is critical to sustaining an ecosystem where small startup companies are engaged with others in cooperation that supports mutually beneficial development. As an entrepreneur, I can tell you that one must struggle for every resource and it’s Pat Dillon’s 26 years of knowledge, experience, and relationships in the SBIR/ STTR programs that give us a chance! When our business becomes successful, it will have created a new technology zone, new jobs and economic growth in outstate Minnesota, none of which would have happened without MNSBIR.

Eric Morrison, Ph.D. Founder, Dynation LLC and NanoBotano LLC


Pat is always there to help. There are very few people I have met in my life that are more passionate about serving their customers than Pat.

Brian Brockway, CEO VivaQuant

TerraCOH (University of Minnesota Startup)

Pat is always responsive to questions and willing to help, or quickly get us in contact with subject matter experts on the many nuances of working with grants. She also is constantly communicating to us recent information concerning incentives and other initiatives for small businesses in Minnesota. It is always a pleasure working with Pat and she definitely provides a value add to all of us at TerraCOH.

John Griffin, CEO TerraCOH (University of Minnesota Startup)

CD3 Systems

Thank you again for all your hard work and assistance throughout the years. Our Department of Commerce, National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration SBIR Phase I award would not have been possible without your guidance and mentorship. I look forward to working with you in the future on our SBIR II application.

Ed Rudberg, Ph.D. CEO, CD3 Systems

Berd LLC

I have been working with Pat Dillon for over three years at two different companies. Before meeting Pat, I had very little knowledge of the SBIR process or submitting an SBIR proposal. Pat’s assistance is more than just how to write a proposal. She is an amazing educator who provides help with all aspects of starting a small business and securing government grants. Because of Pat’s help, we have received over $1.3M in NSF and NIH SBIR grants. Pat is an invaluable asset to small businesses and the state of Minnesota.

Charlie Spanjers, Ph.D. CEO, Berd LLC

CT Resources

I am grateful for MNSBIR’s help in submitting an NIH SBIR grant. MNSBIR, through Pat Dillon, was caring and helpful in providing guidance and looking into the complicated logistics of the grant funding requirements as well as in sharing submission costs charged by a consulting firm. The assistance was invaluable and we could not have done the application without this expert assistance.

Claude Tihon, Ph.D. CEO, CT Resources
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