2015 START Program RFP Now Open!

by MVStaff

MassVentures invites all eligible companies to submit now for the 2015 START program. This very successful program, now in its 4th year, has awarded 27 companies $6M in funding. Learn more:

What is START?

START is a program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to assist Massachusetts companies that have received SBIR Phase II funding to commercialize their technologies. The program was created to assist high growth companies that will grow employment opportunities, promote manufacturing and commercialization, and stimulate innovation across the Commonwealth. The primary objective of the program is to provide funding to commercialization-ready technology companies that have received at least the equivalent of a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (“SBIR”) or Small Business Technology Transfer (“STTR”) grant from federal agencies.

Who is eligible?

Any Massachusetts company whose application to the program is not based on an alternative energy, pharmaceutical, therapeutic or medical device technology and has received a Phase II SBIR. There is no strict requirement about when the qualifying Phase II SBIR was received. However, if it was received prior to March 1, 2011, you should explain in your application why it remains commercially relevant today. A “Massachusetts company” is one that conducts its research, development, manufacturing and commercialization primarily in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for the purposes of this program commits to continuing to do so. It is expected that START funds will be spent primarily in Massachusetts.

How do I apply?

A detailed description of the application process is located here.

When is the Deadline for Applications?

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at 12:00 pm EST.

How Do I Get More Information?

Many of your questions will be answered on our website, including specifically our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Join our Conference Call for more information:

MassVentures will be hosting a conference call on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm at which potential applicants can ask us questions about the START Program and the Stage I application and selection process.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Call-in Info:

Dial in #862-902-0240 Pin #7551599

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