LEXINGTON, Ky. (October 14, 2021) – Two innovation programs led by the University of Kentucky are receiving a portion of US Small Business Administration (SBA) $ 5.4 million to support inclusive entrepreneurship in the innovation ecosystem.
ASB recently announced winners of its Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Catalyst, a new stream aimed at stimulating investment in under-represented communities in the large-scale innovation economy.
Kentucky Marketing Companies (KCV), a program co-founded by Technology Commercialization Office (OTC) and led in partnership with Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC), the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and the University of Louisville, was one of 84 FATF laureates, receiving $ 50,000 to support the work of the program to translate innovations, research discoveries and intellectual property into commercial-ready products, services and job-creating startups from all public higher education institutions in Kentucky that do not have commercialization resources dedicated.
XLerator Network (XLN), OTC’s southeast IDeA hub funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, was one of eight SBIR Catalyst competition winners, receiving $ 150,000. XLN, led by the Xlerate Health accelerator based in Louisville and the UK as the lead academic institution, is a regional center of technology transfer accelerators connecting biomedical researchers and administrators from 25 universities in the South East with resources to commercialize innovations in products that improve human health.
XLN’s pricing is focused on expanding its Enrich program, a human health-focused innovation harvest and commercialization “pre-accelerator” program for innovative teachers and students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the country. EnRICH was co-founded by OTC and Xlerate Health in partnership with Jackson State University (JSU) and is led by JSU.
Taunya Phillips, Director of the UK Office of Technology Commercialization, will partner with XLerate Health and JSU to execute the new training model for HBCUs.
“The grant will allow the team to use their collective knowledge and ideas about SBIR programs to raise awareness of HBCU campuses,” Phillips said. âInstruction, coaching and mentoring will help increase the competitiveness of SBIR applications from HBCU startups. I look forward to seeing how our work positively impacts the number of SBIR awards from HBCUs.
âUK Innovate and the OTC are honored and grateful to have partnered with such great collaborators as XLerate Health and Jackson State University linked to the Catalyst Award, and Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation and Kentucky Commercialization Ventures linked to the Growth Accelerator Fund Award. “Said Ian McClure, JD, UK associate vice president for research, innovation and economic impact” Intentional efforts like these projects show our commitment to inclusive innovation, something that we want to continue to make it a top priority. We look forward to working with these partners to ensure open and equitable access to best practices and programs to support under-represented innovators and new founders. “
SBA Award contestants were required to submit a presentation deck and 90-second video to describe their overall plan for an award, including their work with targeted groups of entrepreneurs, their experience with STEM / R & D, and implementation plans. works for the prize funds. Applications were judged by panels of experts from the private and public sectors with experience in start-up investing, entrepreneurship, universities, startups and economic development.