US-based National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer’s (NCET2) 7th Annual University Startups Showcase and Conference took place last month in Washington DC, and Global University Venturing (GUV) was there as the event’s media partner.

Attended by universities, start-ups, venture capital firms, and a number of corporations, the conference aims to assist universities’ entrepreneurs transfer their ideas and start-ups into greater commercial success.

US government programmes to aid research-based start-ups

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant programmes at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) were covered in depth.

NIH disclosed an annual program budget of $632m for SBIR and $85m for STTR. NIH’s STTR goals aim to encourage scientific innovation and tech transfer through cooperative research carried out between research universities and start-ups, and looks to grant $150,000 in phase I and more than $1m in phase II.

The National Science Foundation (NSF)…

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