Illinois University Incubator Network providing SBIR grant and small business assistance to Illinois entrepreneurs and valuable mentorships among University Incubators across Illinois

IUIN Small Business Assistance Program

IUIN provides free small business assistance to companies and entrepreneurs with an Illinois University Incubator affiliation. Small business assistance includes graphic design assistance, business assistance, and basic website development. The small business assistance program is a competitive process for Illinois entrepreneurs and companies associated with Illinois University Incubators.

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IUIN Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
grant support

IUIN provides free Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant support for small businesses and entrepreneurs that are affiliated with Illinois University Incubators. The IUIN provides SBIR assistance through free workshops and one on one consulting. Free SBIR consulting is awarded to companies through a competitive process.

Roland Garton is President of Lead Consultant for Garton Consulting Services, Inc and He has over three decades of experience with grant development, government contracting, program and project management, training and documentation, and program administration.

Garton has written or advised on scores of SBIR proposals worth several million dollars to 9 of the 11 federal SBIR-granting agencies. He has also managed several projects resulting from successful SBIR proposals. In addition, he has set up bookkeeping and timekeeping systems for many SBIR recipients, prepared invoices and Incurred Cost Proposals, and help navigate multiple companies through federal audits, many of them conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA).

Anna Lisa is an experienced medical device consultant, venture capitalist, intellectual property analyst, technology transfer specialist, biomedical researcher, and entrepreneur specialized in early-stage, cutting edge technology businesses. She has been part of the entrepreneurial community in Illinois for 14 years and has helped drive the formation and raised angel and venture funding for several start-up companies while also serving as top management many of the ventures.

Somera’s advising adds up to over fifteen million dollars in awards to date, mostly for Illinois companies. Her multi-disciplinary academic preparation in business, public health, and cell biology, along with her strong ties to the University of Illinois, has aided in her success in the entrepreneurial community. Additionally, Somera serves as an SBIR/STTR grant consultant at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

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