START Funding Eligibility Expands to Include Energy Technologies

by James Chisholm

MassVentures is pleased to announce that, for the first time, proposals based on clean energy, alternative energy and other energy technologies are eligible to apply for START! The 2016 START RFP will be available on March 1, 2016 at

The SBIR Targeted Technologies (START) program helps growing Massachusetts-based companies commercialize technologies developed under SBIR and STTR contracts. The START program plays an important role in powering Massachusetts’ Innovation Economy.

START is a program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to assist Massachusetts companies that have previously secured SBIR Phase II funding in turning their technologies into promising commercialized solutions. 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 such as the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, or the National Science Foundation, to name three.

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