SBIR Phase 0 helps teams who have developed a deep technology innovation to participate in the I-Corps process to test its commercialization potential, and to receive follow-on workshops and support to launch a new business. The desired outcome is to increase SBIR Phase 1 success rates and to increase the number, pace, and success rate of “deep technology” startups formed in Upstate New York and the Northeast.
Eight teams will be selected for SBIR Phase 0. They will receive funding and support to participate in an intensive, seven-week I-Corps Teams national cohort, where they will do a “deep dive” into Customer Discovery and determine if their technology is a “go” for commercialization. This is followed by ten weeks of specialized SBIR Phase 0 workshops that prepare teams to move from a “Go decision” to company formation and seeking initial capital from the SBIR program and investors.