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ICAP Client Success

Ryzing Technologies, a former client of our Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), was recently written up in the Specialty Fabrics Review, a publication of the Industrial Fabrics Association International!

Congratulations Ryzing! We are always thrilled when our clients and ICAP graduates are recognized for their successes.

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Surrounding the market—and finding (or creating) new ones

 

ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Charlottesville

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

February 7, 2020 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

February 14, 2020 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

TBD – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

March 6, 2020 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

March 13, 2020 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

March 20, 2020 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

  

This cohort is also supported by:

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ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Arlington

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

September 13, 2019 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

September 20, 2019 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

September 26, 2019 – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

October 2, 2019 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

October 9, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

October 16, 2019 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted and sponsored by:

ICAP is presented by:

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ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Radford

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

April 29, 2019 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

April 30, 2019 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

May 8, 2019 – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

May 15, 2019 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

May 22, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

May 29, 2019 – 9:00am - 2:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

 

This cohort is also supported by:

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Small Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year Nominations

The Small Business Administration is looking for nominations for Small Business of the Year and Exporter of the Year!

Update: Nominations are due Monday, February 4th at 3 p.m. EST

Every year since 1963, the President proclaims National Small Business Week. In honor of Small Business Week, the SBA holds an annual small business awards competition. SBA Virginia has just opened its National Small Business Week State Awards application window. If a great candidate comes to mind for either the Small Business Person of the Year and the SBA Exporter of the Year Award, be sure to get your nomination package in to the SBA by January 9th. Self-nominations are accepted. Nomination packages can be emailed, postmarked, or hand delivered to the SBA no later than 3 p.m. EST, January 9th, 2019.

Here are some ideas of who to consider for nominations:

  • Clients you are featuring in the Client Profiles publication
  • Businesses who have been named SBoY in your local area by Chambers of Commerce, Main Streets, tech councils, etc…
  • Long standing community champions or new, up and coming business leaders who are making an impact

All nominees are required to fill out SBA Form 3300, the Award Background Form.
The Small Business Person of the Year Award application can be found here.
The Small Business Exporter of the Year application can be found here.

Email nomination packages to: Richmond.VA@sba.gov

Mail or drop-off nomination packages to:

SBA Richmond Office
400 North 8th Street, Suite 1150
Richmond, VA 23219

For Prime Contractor, Subcontractor, and Eisenhower Award nominations, see here.
Applications for Prime Contractor, Subcontractor and Eisenhower Awards can be sent to:

Ralph Buchanan
U.S. Small Business Administration
409 3rd Street SW, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20416
(202) 205-6539

Join us in acknowledging  small businesses for their efforts and success! Winners will be recognized during the 2019 National Small Business Week April 29th – May 5th.  Successful contenders generally benefit from the positive press that accompanies winning the award. Good luck to all of your candidates!

If you have any additional questions, contact Kiana Perez at 804-253-8907.

ICAP Lean Startup Introductory Course – Loudoun

Based on the National Science Foundation’s I-Corps™ program for Lean Startups, ICAP helps inventors and entrepreneurs take the right first steps in bringing new technologies and innovations to market.

ICAP includes FREE introductory training programs and counseling services offered through ICAP instructors and local SBDC counselors. ICAP helps startups identify potential customers and develop successful business models based on that knowledge. It is an ideal program for early-stage companies trying to prepare for eventual venture investment.

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

Important Dates

September 26, 2019 – Applications are due by midnight; see the link below.

October 1, 2019 – Acceptance notifications and communication with next steps and instructions, including how to prepare for the first session.

October 8, 2019 – 6:00pm - 8:00pm – Introductory Conference Call

October 18, 2019 – 9:00am - 5:00pm – Initial Team Presentations

October 25, 2019 – Each team participates in a pre-scheduled telephone review of the team’s Customer Discovery Progress over the first week

November 1, 2019 – 9:00am - 1:00pm – Final Team Presentations

During this introductory 2-week program, there is extensive work done outside the classroom. In addition to the class meetings and webinar, participants should expect to spend another 10-15 hours per week on customer discovery and course assignments. At the conclusion of the program, you will remain connected with your ICAP trainers and SBDC Business Advisors to continue your progress on the Five Steps to Startup Success over the following 12 months.

The introductory program is designed to generate a maximum impact over a relatively short duration and should be considered a required first step for anyone interested in commercializing a technology or product, whether through a startup or licensing arrangement. Some graduates of this cohort may be eligible to apply to NSF’s full National Seven-week I-Corps Program, which includes non-dilutive grants for customer discovery and prototype development. Additionally, this program can help teams develop better submissions for SBIR and CRCF grants from Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technologies.

Your ICAP Instructor

Bob Smith is currently the Director of the Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP), a program funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by George Mason University and the Virginia Small Business Development Center Network (VSBDC). Here he helps researchers, inventors, and technology startups develop their technology commercialization and technology business startup efforts. He’s also an instructor with the NSF’s DC I-Corp Node.

Bob has 30+ years’ experience in innovation and entrepreneurship. He is the Chairman of CollegeFactual.com, a leading college rankings website. He’s held senior management positions at Congressional Quarterly and America Online in sales, marketing, and new product development and was the founder and CEO of the first nation-wide online city guide, Digital City. As an executive, angel investor, and advisor he has helped companies in e-commerce, e-government, identity management, content publishing, geospatial analytics, data science, and local media go from launch through to favorable exits.

Bob received a BA from USC and his MBA from GWU. He is a veteran of the US Navy.

For more information email: icap@virginiasbdc.org   

This cohort is hosted by:

  

APPLY BY CLICKING HERE

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