Tips from Todd Archive

Welcome to the Tips from Todd Archive!

Check out all of Todd’s videos from his first two seasons of expanding Wisconsin tech entrepreneurship.

Now is the time for Innovation. Did you know the federal government has a $3.7B set aside for Small businesses (US owned under 500 employees)! Whether you’ve been in business for decades or just starting, there is funding available to move new technologies and products forward from agriculture, manufacturing, education and more!

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Tips from Todd – The Movie!

For 2020 National Small Business Week, Todd is here to help you on YOUR commercialization journey that takes YOU from idea to Phase I SBIR/STTR proposal. Check out this long form version to see how your innovative idea can become a reality:

**Correction: When the term “affidavit” is used, it is meant to be “notarized letter.”

Season 2:

Season 2, Episode 16 – Competition

When developing an innovation, your competition must be known and addressed. How do you find out who your competition is? How does this play into your SBIR funding proposal? Find out today!

Reach out to Todd for more:

Season 2, Episode 15 – Proposal Resubmission

Did your initial SBIR proposal not get funded? Don’t worry! You can resubmit with an increased chance of funding. Get some Tips on how:

Contact CTC to find out more:

Season 2, Episode 14 – Email a Program Manager

There is no template for contacting your program officer but Todd has some great Tips to get you started! Check them out (and come back to see if Todd makes it out of his fishing spot):

Season 2, Episode 13 – PI Responsibilities

Your Principal Investigator has many responsibilities (just like Todd in this video ????). Most importantly being in charge of the science of your project. Watch to learn more about your PI (and don’t forget to watch to the end):

Season 2, Episode 12 – Facilities & Equipment

You have the idea but do you have what it takes to develop your innovation? That is one of the main criteria for developing and commercializing your product. Find out more from Todd before he heads out fishing – with the right equipment of course!

Season 2, Episode 11 – Executive Summary

An Executive Summary may seem daunting, like being caught outside in the rain ⛈, but it can elevate your innovation and clarify your objectives before spending time on a full proposal. Learn more about the importance of Executive Summaries in Tips from Todd:

Want your executive summary reviewed, contact Todd:

Season 2, Episode 10 – Contact Your Program Officer

Tips from Todd kicks off the “Paddle Series” with one of his most important tips — Contact a program officer! For some agencies, such as NSF, this is a requirement but for whichever agency you choose to pursue funding from, this is a crucial first step. Find out more:

Season 2, Episode 9 – Innovation!

Innovation is the basis of your small business development, whether that be a completely new idea or something that has never been commercialized. Tips from Todd is here to launch your innovation into SBIR funding!

Season 2, Episode 8 – SBIR Phase 1 Feasibility

Tips from Todd is back in the woods to tell you about feasibility for SBIR Phase 1, and overall product feasibility. Learn about some tips and tricks to determine feasibility (and finally learn what the feathers were for) in this episode. Contact CTC for help with a Project Pitch!

Season 2, Episode 7 – SBIR Eligibility

Todd is back to tell YOU about SBIR eligibility! Small Business Innovation Research grant applications have to meet certain criteria for acceptance! Find out what they are today!

Keep tuning in to find out more about SBIR (and to see what Todd is doing with the feathers?!):

Season 2, Episode 6 – NIH Review Process

Today Todd is here to walk you through the NIH review process to ensure you’re on the right track to receive NIH SBIR funding.

Season 2, Episode 5 – NSF: Project Pitch

Tips from Todd is back, with a brand new look, to help you get started on your NSF Stage 1 funding track. Find out more about their Project Pitch and how to prepare your innovation to apply for these federal funds!

Season 2, Episode 4 – NSF: I-Corps

NSF I-Corps was designed to help academics explore ideas they think could be commercialized, now that process is evolving to include Phase 1 companies, following the NIH’s lead. Find out more!

Join us June 18 for a virtual training event with DOD!

Season 2, Episode 3 – NSF Close of Quarter – When should you submit?

Do you know what makes NSF’s Submission process different from other SBIR funding programs? Find out in this episode of Tips from Todd! Todd walks you through the Close of Quarter process and why you should talk to your program officer to strategize your submission.

Season 2, Episode 2 – DOD Initial Process

Todd is here to help you get started with your DOD funding journey.
-Find out what the difference is between DOD SBIR contracts and other agency SBIR grants.
-See who you should contact and when.
Contact your Topic Manager by June 2!

Season 2, Episode 1 – How to Navigate a DOD Prerelease

After a ~long~ hiatus, Tips from Todd is back to help you navigate a DOD Topic Prerelease. These can seem overwhelming and technical but Todd helps simplify the process in Episode 11! Check it out to see if your innovation could be funded by DOD SBIR.

Season 1 – SBIR Overview:

Episode 10 – SBIR Summary & SBIR Ready

Tune in for the Season Finale of Tips from Todd! Todd is sharing his final thoughts, so far, on the SBIR process and letting you know why YOU should for SBIR Ready for a significant advantage in writing your SBIR funding proposal!

Episode 9 – Letters of Support

Tips from Todd’s “special guest” is here to tell you which Letters of Support you need when seeking SBIR funding for your innovation!

Episode 8, Part 2 – Principal Investigator

Tips from Todd is back to expand upon who qualifies as a Principal Investigator when your team is seeking SBIR funding for your innovation. Find out if your PI fulfills the requirements to apply!

Episode 8, Part 1 – Principal Investigator

Seeking a principal investigator to pursue funding for your innovation? Not sure if a member of your team qualifies? No Ph.D.s? Tips from Todd is here to share his expertise and dispel concerns about PIs so your innovation can get off the ground and apply for SBIR funding!

Episode 7 – SBIR vs. STTR

Tips from Todd explains the key differences in SBIR and STTR to help you understand which is right for your innovative idea or small business.

Episode 6 – SBIR Milestones

What milestones have you achieved through innovation? SBIR needs to know! Let Tips from Todd help you clear a path to innovation by determining which milestones you want to highlight.

Episode 5 – Specific Aims for SBIR

Episode 5 of Tips from Todd is focused on making sure YOU are as specific as possible in your SBIR. Find out how to make sure you’re using proper terms to get noticed!

Episode 4, Part 2 – What is SBIR Innovation?

Evolutionary or Revolutionary? Chance of technical failure? What are federal funding agencies looking for? Find out in Tips from Todd Episode 4, Part 2!

Episode 4, Part 1 – What is SBIR Innovation?

Today Tips from Todd walks YOU through what funding agencies define as innovation. Find out if and how your idea fits and could be considered for an SBIR. See Part 2 for more specifics!

Episode 3, Part 2 – SBIR Significance Statements

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN SBIR: For Profit?  Less than 500 employees?  Owned by U.S. Citizens?  YES – EXISTING BUSINESSES ARE ELIGIBLE FOR over $3.7B in federal funding. Tips from Todd will show you how to start with a good significance statement and let us PAY YOU to practice with your company’s new, innovative approach.

Episode 3, Part 1 – SBIR Significance Statements

In Episode 3, Part 1, Todd talks you through the importance of a significance statement in your SBIR. Why?? The more significant problem you have, the more likely you are to be funded!

Episode 2 – Sample Ideas for SBIR

Now that you know “Why SBIR?” Todd is here to talk you through some sample ideas for SBIR to get started! (Check out the excellent illustrations too!)

Episode 1 – Why SBIR?

Our outdoor expert and grant writing guru kicks off this series by sharing why YOU should apply for SBIR with YOUR innovative idea!