Technology Readiness Levels – A Short Introduction

TRLs are the readiness level of a technology for commercialization.  Although not an exact definition, understanding where your tech stands allows you to present your technology in terms for planning for next steps.  University techs are generally 1-3, early stage companies push the 5-6 level, and you are ready to sell when you are in levels 7-9.

  • Market Entry Level
  • 1-4 Research, 5-6 POC, 7-9 Commercialization
  • Not precise number, but sets level
  • Establishment of levels key to grants and investments

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