The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) will open a call for new applications to its Technology Commercialization and Innovation Program (TCIP) on Saturday, Oct. 1. TCIP provides competitive grants to small businesses and university teams seeking to bring their cutting-edge technologies to market.
“There are many challenges to starting a new business—and one of those challenges is taking an idea and turning it into a marketable reality,” said Val Hale, GOED executive director. “TCIP supports entrepreneurs at critical stages of commercializing new technologies.”
To be eligible for a TCIP grant, applicants must either be affiliated with a Utah-based university or college, or be a Utah-based small business as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Qualified technologies may receive a grant up to $100,000. Mentorship and entrepreneurial curriculum are also available to grant recipients.
Past TCIP grant recipients represent a variety of industries including life science, information technology and software development, outdoor products and recreation, and energy and natural resources.
“TCIP companies are using technology to address important issues that directly impact quality of life and economic growth in Utah,” said Clark Cahoon, TCIP fund manager. “These companies find innovative solutions to problems such as improving bone grafts, streamlining the real estate market, and making visa applications more accessible.”