Less than $20M of $47B in SBIR/STTR investments were awarded to Minnesota rural-based firms since 1982.   This is unacceptable!  We strongly believe there are startups and existing companies in rural Minnesota that ought to seriously consider these programs to support their R&D efforts.  In 2017, our vision started with the creation of the Minnesota Innovation and Commercialization Consortium (MICC) to assist rural-based firms to apply and win SBIR/STTR investments through research partnerships in Minnesota and nationally.

  • The Consortium is focused on identifying firms with the capabilities and capacity to compete and win SBIR/STTR funding, and aren’t afraid of government grants or contracts.  (If you know of firms who ought to consider this funding, please let us know about them.)
  • The Consortium will leverage local, state and national resources and capabilities to support rural firms with qualifying projects.
  • The Consortium will identify potential technology transfer opportunities from the University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic, and other institutions, to support a rural-based firm and then match the project with SBIR/STTR funding opportunites.
  • The Consortium will leverage existing relationships and create new relationships to connect, communicate, coordinate and collaborate to deliver a powerful team to assist rural-based firms.

The Consortium is focused on rural-based firms in these targeted areas.

  • Duluth
  • Mankato
  • St. Cloud
  • Winona
  • Rochester
  • Bemidji
  • Moorhead

MICC current members include:

  • University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization
  • University of Minnesota, Natural Research and Resources Institute
  • Mayo Clinic, Office of Entrepreneurship
  • MN Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • St. Cloud State University

If your organization wants to join the MICC (there is no cost to join), send an email to Pat Dillon at pdillon@mhta.org, or call Pat at 952-230-4540.

Funding Acknowledgements


In 2017, MNSBIR received funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to create and launch the Minnesota Innovation and Commercialization Consortium.