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
Pat Dillon has deep knowledge about all things SBIR/STTR, and she passes this along to her clients. My company, Neurotype Inc., was admitted into the Fall, 2019 MNSBIR SBIR/STTR Accelerator course led by Pat, and I believe this experience greatly increased our chances for success in the NIH SBIR Phase I proposal we submitted in Spring, 2020. Pat’s feedback is quick and honest and helps her clients avoid many possible missteps. Additionally, she has a keen eye on grantsmanship and strategy, which is useful for early-stage startup clients seeking to grow their business. It has been a pleasure working with Pat and MNSBIR over the past year and I look forward to working with her more in the future.
Pat Dillon and MNSBIR are incredible assets to the Minnesota tech and startup community. Nothing can prepare you for putting together an entire grant package and actually submitting it. Pat took the time to read through the entirety of our proposal (letters of support, budget, and justification, 15-page grant, everything!), leaving no stone unturned. Without Minnesota state funding for a program like this and Pat as a passionate professional to help us, we surely would have had a tougher time preparing and winning our NSF SBIR Phase I award of $256K with the potential for $1M+ in Phase II.
Particle4X (U of M Spinoff)
We feel lucky to have Pat mentoring us with our first SBIR application. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and thorough. She patiently guided us through the whole process including registrations and budgeting, even sent us reminders of the deadline. Her feedback and suggestions on the proposal were quick and spot-on. Pat is very easy to communicate with. She is honest and straightforward but has never made us feel uncomfortable or intimidated. She is willing to help in many different ways. We definitely would like to work with Pat again for future applications.
We greatly appreciate the support provided by Pat Dillon and Margaret Thorpe, Consultant, Venture Catalyst, in structuring the proposal and rewriting the business and technical sections of the writeup. Several critical gaps were filled by answering more clearly and directly critical questions pertaining to the competitive landscape, market traction plan, and summary sections. They provided in-depth and well-thought feedback on the content, cohesiveness, clarity, and completeness of the responses to the questions asked in the solicitation. Pat has developed several tools that helped us plan and complete the many documents required to support the proposal. Her numerous inputs were very valuable. She adds a lot of value to the proposal planning, preparation, and submission process.
Radwave Technologies Inc.
Pat Dillon and the Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator were instrumental in helping Radwave Technologies create a successful NSF SBIR application. She helped us navigate the NSF requirements with her deep knowledge and timely feedback. This accelerator program is a great resource for companies to tap into non-dilutive federal grants and grow the Minnesota startup ecosystem.
The Accelerator was a tremendous resource. It is hard to navigate the process and experience matters. I am confident the Accelerator helped our business assemble the best application for our project. Friends in other states are jealous that they do not have access to such a valuable resource.
XanthosHealth LLC (U of M Spinoff)
We are an experienced team of researchers with decades of extensive research grant writing background, but this was our first SBIR grant and learned so much from the Accelerator. It was incredibly helpful.
Ability Interactive LLC
Pat Dillon was incredible to work with during the SBIR application process. Her expertise was extensive, and she was generous with her time and advice. Pat also provided invaluable feedback on many of our application documents. Her passion for helping small businesses and startups in Minnesota was evident throughout the Accelerator experience. I couldn’t imagine doing the application without her guidance and support!
For an early-stage startup with non-academic origins, a seemingly insurmountable task became possible through the support of the Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator and in particular the personalized guidance and leadership of Pat Dillon. While the outcome of our grant submission is not known, going through the process alone helped us build a robust plan to complete our proof of concept. For those that are wondering if it’s worth the time and energy and thinks it’s easier to get investors via equity, your time will be well-spent and SBIR/STTR grants are non-dilutive
NRTK Biosciences, LLC (U of M Spinoff)
The MNSBIR SBIR/STTR Accelerator program was indispensable in helping our company to navigate the SBIR application process. I would highly recommend these resources to anyone considering submitting an SBIR/STTR proposal.
iMacular Regeneration LLC
Thanks to Pat Dillon and her team for guidance and support!
On behalf of the three biotech startups that I have co-founded over the past 19 years, I want to thank you for all the outreaching followed by one-on-one advising that you do to enable young companies to get funding at the earliest stage. Over the years, my companies have been awarded close to $20million in SBIR/STTR funding to further their development without issuing a single share of stock.
A great example of that within the past year is a Phase I SBIR award to NovoClade before it attracted any investors. The positive evaluation (funding) by an experienced scientific/business review committee was a strong endorsement of the company’s scientific foundation and its business approach. This is always important in the translation of nuanced scientific discoveries to the market place that generally does not have the expertise to closely scrutinize breakthrough ideas and the findings that support them.
I also have noted that you are always present at the various events that present startup entrepreneurs to their first rounds of investor pitches. You are always there to remind the entrepreneurs of what MNSBIR can offer them in terms of obtaining funding and accompanying the validation of their ideas and goals. Thank you, Pat.
Perry B Hackett, Ph.D., Professor, Center for Genome Engineering, Dept. of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, University of Minnesota
Pat Dillon’s deep knowledge of the SBIR and STTR programs and federal agencies have been critical to the University of Minnesota startups’ success securing tens of millions of grant funding over the past two decades. Her professionalism, passion, and warmth have encouraged our startup leaders to follow their dreams in bringing their innovations to the market!
Mary MacCarthy, University of Minnesota, Venture Center
MNSBIR (Pat) is a vital resource for the University of Minnesota innovators seeking to build businesses based on their inventions. With guidance from MNSBIR workshops and coaching, our researchers have successfully navigated the complexities of federal agency solicitations, written strong proposals, and – best of all – attracted millions of dollars in non-dilutive funding.