The Neutrino Donut – Entrepreneurship Advisory Programs – Italy and USC

The Neutrino Donut recently completed multiple sessions with startups assisting them in understanding the markets for their technologies. Multiple startups from Italy with energy and high tech ideas discussed their ideas and programs. At USC, we met for the third consecutive summer, with a group of high school students who spent the summer developing their business.

SBIR – The Commercialization Review – A Fast Review

Got a startup? Want a review of your commercialization plan? The Neutrino Donut will review your plan and give you feedback and recommendations for direction. This is a short engagement, fixed cost, and we will ensure you get some good ideas for improving your grant. The Neutrino Donut is on multiple grant review teams, and we know what works and does not work in these sessions. Contact us at ehager 81 at g mail for more information.

SBIR – The Funding Process

The grant seeker will make a mistake if they view the SBIR as the only source of funding. The military runs Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs). Local entities support job creation programs, the development of manufacturing systems is an additional category with a source of funds. Sometimes, all you have to do is whisper the word “Texas” and funding opportunities will appear. (Shout out to Michael). Additional resource and funding options are available. When you break your project into sections, you can isolate funding for specific aspects of the projects and avoid overlap or funding coordination issues.

42 Investment Summit: SaaS Universe

Our friends at Unit.City and Center 42 Innovation Agency are running a Saas VC conference in the next few weeks. Contact Kirill Mazur (km at unit dot city) for more information.

https://42.unit.city/42-investment-summit

42 Investment Summit: SaaS Universe is a new series of unique CEE tech events for business leaders, investors, creative entrepreneurs and international guests in Kyiv, the second creative capital of Europe 😉 

We will gather a community of 300 brightest people from venture capital funds, angel investors, a lot of business founders, corporate executives, startup ecosystem leaders, business associations, GR and media from Ukraine and CEE region to make new relevant connections, deals, find business opportunities and ideas for cooperation and future growth. 

The topic of this event – SaaS Universe.
Subscription business model (SaaS) changes everything. Now, it doesn’t matter where you have located your office – you can earn money globally and be competitive globally as well. And Ukraine and CEE already have a lot of successful SaaS-stories – like Grammarly (Ukrainian SaaS startup which top-5 in the list of world’s most innovative companies in AI who just raised $110 mln. in last round). 

And yes – we want to bring more international people and capital to Kyiv! 

New SBIR Program Changes – Project Pitch

SBIR is allowing companies to submit a short pitch to determine if their project is of interest to SBIR funding. The details are as follows:

https://seedfund.nsf.gov/project-pitch/

Project Pitch

The required Project Pitch allows startups and small businesses to get quick feedback at the start of their application for Phase I funding from America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF.

Startups or entrepreneurs who submit a three-page Project Pitch* will know within three weeks if they meet the program’s objectives to support innovative technologies that show promise of commercial and/or societal impact and involve a level of technical risk. They will also get additional guidance and feedback from NSF staff.

If your Project Pitch is a good fit for the program, you will receive an official invitation from NSF to submit a full proposal. If you’re not invited to submit, you’ll be told why your project is not appropriate for the program.

Along with your company information, you’ll have to outline four key elements in your Project Pitch:

1. The Technology Innovation. (Up to 500 words)

Describe the technical innovation that would be the focus of a Phase I project, including a brief discussion of the origins of the innovation as well as explanation as to why it meets the program’s mandate to focus on supporting research and development (R&D) of unproven, high-impact innovations.

2. The Technical Objectives and Challenges. (Up to 500 words)

Describe the R&D or technical work to be done in a Phase I project, including a discussion of how and why the proposed work will help prove that the product or service is technically feasible and/or significantly reduce technical risk. Discuss how, ultimately, this work could contribute to making the new product, service, or process commercially viable and impactful. This section should also convey that the proposed work meets the definition of R&D, rather than straightforward engineering or incremental product development tasks.

3. The Market Opportunity. (Up to 250 words)

Describe the customer profile and pain point(s) that will be the near-term commercial focus related to this technical project.

4. The Company and Team. (Up to 250 words)

Describe the background and current status of the applicant small business, including key team members who will lead the technical and/or commercial efforts discussed in this Project Pitch.

Visit the online form to submit your Project Pitch or to preview the required fields. More details about the NSF’s new process and eligibility requirements are on our Apply page.

*Each small business can only submit one Project Pitch at a time and up to two Project Pitches per submission window. (The submission windows for 2019 are March 4-June 13 and June 14-December 12). Any small business with a pending Project Pitch must wait for a response before submitting another Project Pitch. Any small business that has received an invitation to submit a full proposal must wait for a resolution of the full proposal before submitting a new or revised Project Pitch.

Korean Entrepreneurship

The Neutrino Donut, LLC will be part of a project to evaluate startups in Korea and bring a group of them to Los Angeles. This project will involve a judging program in Korea and multiple companies selected to come to LA. As part of this program, these companies will have meetings with potential customers, international consulates, and the investor community in Santa Monica and Los Angeles.