State Government

‘Elevate Vermont’ to help Small Tech get bigger with federal $$

The State of Vermont has launched “Elevate Vermont,” an economic development program to grow Vermont’s high tech business sector through increased access to targeted technical and research assistance, a statement from the governor’s office says. 

The goal of Elevate Vermont is to help accelerate early-stage technology companies and help established small businesses remain relevant in a global market.

H.439 (Act 74) appropriated $800,000 to the program in the 2021 legislative session. An extensive request for proposals (RFP) process has resulted in the selection of outside experts who can assist Vermont businesses in applying for federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants. Every year, the federal government grants out over $3 billion to small businesses through the SBIR/STTR programs via a highly competitive application process.

Elevate Vermont will support companies seeking this non-dilutive (no need to surrender equity or ownership) funding through one-on-one SBIR/STTR application assistance from professional advisors at North Carolina-based Eva Garland Consulting, LLC. The application for this Technical Assistance is now open and accepting submissions on a rolling basis until funding is depleted.

“Vermont has never before had such opportunity to support startups and early-stage tech companies,” said Department of Economic Development Commissioner Joan Goldstein. “These investments present an enormous opportunity for the state’s growing tech sector.”

In the coming months, two additional applications will become available under the Elevate Vermont moniker to provide even more support for companies engaged with SBIR/STTR. Eligible participants may qualify for matching grants to accelerate the commercialization of their technology, offsetting costs such as sales and marketing expenses that cannot be supported with SBIR/STTR funds.

Elevate Vermont will also provide an Innovation Research Partnership Program to help small businesses strengthen connections with research institutions that can assist them in solving challenging product development issues.

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