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Resources

There are many resources available to help commercialize technologies.  JMU Technology Innovation helps guide and connect inventors to resources. 

JMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship: can help you create a business plan based on your technology. The center can also provide you with opportunities for creative collaborations with other inventors. To learn more about how JMU’s Center for Entrepreneurship can help, please go to the following link here.

Small Business Development Center: No-fee, confidential consultation to help you move forward with your business ideas; low-cost training options, and connections to local, state, and national resources.To learn more about how the Small Business Development Center can help, please go to the following link here.

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council: SVTC is a non-profit membership organization for tech users and creators. Regular monthly events, such as luncheons and after-hours Tech On The Square enable networking and collaboration. To learn more about how SVTC can help, please go to the following link here.

Besides the local community resources, there are various government programs that are available to assist in transitioning your technology out of the lab. Two government programs that might be helpful to you are the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. The STTR program is another program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. More information about SBIRs and STTRs can be found here. The NSF I-Corps program can also help you extend your focus beyond the laboratory and onto the development of your potential company.