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SBDC Technology Commercialization Center

SBDC Technology Commercialization Center



Encountering Innovation | September 23 – 27, 2019 | Overland Park, Kansas:

Encountering Innovation provides innovators the opportunity to present and showcase their technology to tech scouts and the public. Tech Scouts from the Department of Defense, Service Labs, Academia, and various government agencies will listen to pitches, examine poster board displays, discuss government needs, and chat with innovators during lunches and evening networking events. Through these connections, innovators will gain feedback and direction, and their innovation might be selected for socialization among government agencies and for fast-track contracting. Technology scouts hope to find innovative solutions to immediate needs. They also seek a broader range of innovations that will resolve operational challenges or save costs. This event is not limited to warfighter technologies. If you have an innovative product that can assist the federal government in medical, cyber, operations, and power and energy industries, this event is for you! Application deadline has been extended to August 28. To apply, visit https://www.encounteringinnovation.comDo you want help from TCC to prepare your pitch or poster?  Click here for more information.


UTSA SBDC Technology Commercialization Center (TCC):

The Center is a specialty center of the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network with a mission to promote science and technology based innovation and foster regional entrepreneurship. The Center offers confidential management advisory services for scientific researchers, entrepreneurs, start-ups, and established businesses.  Clients of the Center qualify to receive access to workshops and technology commercialization advisory services. Offerings include an entrepreneurial educational curriculum, intellectual property (IP) guidance, access to technology mentors, a professional referral network, business model development, assistance with investor pitch deck development, technology valuation, technology readiness level (TRL) assessments, product market assessments and assistance with Federal and State R&D grants for businesses. No-cost and fee-based offerings, requires registration. 

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Clients of the Center also qualify to receive assistance from Texas Federal Innovation and Technology Transfer Program and the South Texas Innovation Partnership Program.

Our Programs 

Texas Federal Innovation and Technology Transfer Program:

The program provides technical assistance statewide to innovative entrepreneurs and small technology firms to enable increasing their participation and award success in the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to assist in transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. The non-dilutive grants support research and development (R&D) across almost all areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. The program also known as America’s Seed Fund™, provides approximately $2.8 billion annually through federal agencies with extramural research and development (R&D) programs to support scientific excellence and technological innovation, and to build a technologically competitive and stronger national economy. No-cost and fee-based offerings, requires registration.

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SBIR-STTR Workshops:   The Center holds periodic workshops to assist in proposal preparation and complying with administrative requirements for submissions. No-cost and fee-based offerings, requires registration.

South-Texas Innovation Partnership Program:       

The regional program aims to cultivate and develop regionally responsive innovation nodes to build the public and private capacity needed to foster innovation, catalyze invention and provide support for the commercialization of new products and services. Participation in the SBDC Regional Innovation Nodes qualifies clients to receive;

  • Mentorship and business advisory services.
  • Opportunities for exposure of early discoveries, inventions and innovations to industry, regional investors and community partners.
  • Opportunities for entrepreneurs, start-ups, university researchers, incubators and accelerators to network and leverage resources to enhance commercialization of innovations.
  • Access to an entrepreneurial educational curriculum
  • Technology readiness level assessments
  • Access to rapid prototyping facilities
  • Access to analytical facilities, core research facilities expert centers and virtual incubator
  • Contract / Sponsored research opportunities.
  • Participation in regional networking and knowledge transfer events.

No-cost and fee-based offerings, requires registration.

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Our Mission and Services

Promote entrepreneurship, creating a thriving, globally competitive economic system in South-West Texas by providing business development services for science and technology entrepreneurs through a variety of networking, technical assistance, and applied research activities.

We can help you with:

  • Business development
  • Building your management and technical teams
  • Professional connections and networking
  • Product development planning
  • Assessing market potential
  • Commercializing innovative products
  • Overcoming design and manufacturing challenges
  • Preliminary intellectual property guidance
  • Finding funds to further your technical concepts
  • Obtaining SBIR/STTR and other R&D grants
  • Access to technologies and resources from federal laboratories

This specialized consulting service is available to all businesses in Texas either through local SBDC offices or regional SBDC network centers.

Technology Commercialization

UTSA Small Business Development Center Network:

The South-West Texas Border SBDC Network offers professional, confidential one-on-one advising by professionally trained advisors to entrepreneurs and business owners looking to start or expand their business. Programs and Centers provide management advising in a variety of areas including accounting, financing and loan packaging, capital acquisition, business planning, marketing, human resources, economic development, strategic planning, technology commercialization, government contracting, international business advisory services, and financial analysis. The SBDC network supports the growth and development of the Texas economy by assisting in job creation, economic diversification, and business expansion:  No-cost and fee-based offerings, requires registration. To register for classes:  or please email at

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