The UNeTech Institute – a startup incubator affiliated with the University of Nebraska Omaha and the University of Nebraska Medical Center – will receive $ 150,000 from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to fund the creation of a collaborative partnership of supporting organizations entrepreneurship aimed at supporting innovation-driven entrepreneurs in underserved communities, according to a press release released today.
The eight winners of 2021 Small Business Innovation Research Catalyst Award (SBIR) contests were announced on September 16.
The SBIR Catalyst competition aims to broaden access to SBIR program, a highly competitive grant program that supports small businesses engaged in research and development with commercialization potential. SBA funding will help UNeTech create the Heartland SBIR Catalyst Partnership, a set of technology transfer offices at 11 Midwestern universities aimed at connecting university-owned intellectual property, SBIR funding, and local entrepreneurs from populations under -represented.
Jace Gatzemeyer, PhD, Innovation Development Strategist at UNeTech, was responsible for securing the award and will lead the implementation of the new partnership. âUNeTech has an ambitious plan to build an inclusive R&D ecosystem in the heart of the country,â said Dr Gatzemeyer. “This funding will support the continued assembly of successful SBIR proposals.”
âJace has put together an amazing program,â said Rod Markin, MD, PhD, executive director of UNeTech. “It’s wonderful to see him get the national recognition he deserves.”
Dr Markin said funding for the award will help the incubator move more ambitious projects forward.
Joe Runge, JD, associate director of UNeTech, expressed his gratitude to the SBA. âIt is an honor for UNeTech to be mentioned alongside colleagues as experienced as BBC Entrepreneurial Training and OK Catalyst, who have also been recognized in our region,â he said.