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Learn key insights for non-dilutive startup funding

Get an overview of grants commonly used by startups, who provides them, and how SBIR/STTR grants fit into the picture.

  1. Grant Overview
    • Providers of grant funds
    • What grants can be used for
    • Where to find startup grants
  2. SBIR/STTR Spotlight
    • Program overview
    • Differences between programs
    • Proposal components

Speaker Bio:

Richard Giersch, PhD

Rich is Chairman of the Board for the Bioscience Association of West Virginia, Strategic Advisor for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to Life Science Washington Institute, Program Director for the Seattle based DRIVe business accelerator, and a founder of West Virginia based Valtari Bio.

Rich Giersch is the Executive Director of Life Science Washington Institute and the Program Director for Accelerating Research Commercialization in Washington (ARC WA). ARC WA is funded by the US Small Business Administration and its purpose is to increase the number of SBIR/STTR applications and awards in Washington.

Rich has held Director level positions at two venture capital firms, was the chief operating officer of a biotech company in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and the Chief Science Officer for the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials at Rutgers University. In addition to being a principal investigator on a $3.5MM STTR that focused on building the commercialization ecosystem for life science companies in the Southeastern United States he has helped companies secure over $100 million in federal funding, tax, and relocation incentives and written over $20M in successful SBIR/STTR applications.


The slides from this presentation are available below for viewing and download. The video is available via SP3NW’s YouTube Channel.


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