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Innovation Park 2016 TechGrant Program
The Leon County Research and Development Authority (LCRDA) Technology Commercialization Grant (TechGrant) program was first launched in 2005 to demonstrate its commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Leon County. Since 2005, 20 companies have benefitted from $362,000 in grants awarded for the commercialization of their technologies. Most of those companies are still flourishing in the local community today.
In addition to a cash prize of up to $15,000, winners are awarded with scholarships to attend the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program and are granted exclusive access to the TechGrant Winners’ Circle, a quarterly gathering of past grant recipients that facilitates networking and collaboration.
The LCRDA owns buildings in and manages Innovation Park, a research and development park, by an appointed Board of Governors. The Board is comprised of prominent academic, business, and community leaders who work together to facilitate the growth and development of research into high-tech businesses in Innovation Park. Its mission is to work in affiliation with Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College to promote scientific research and development activities, and foster economic development and broaden the economic base of Leon County, Florida.
January 11, 2016: Application available
February 16, 2016: TechGrant Application Orientation, 4 p.m., Knight Administrative Centre, 1736 W. Paul Dirac Drive
March 14 ,2016: Applications due. (Note: only complete applications will be considered. Application must include: Application Form, Company Profile, signed Applicant Agreement, Business and Commercialization Plan and, if appropriate, Prior Grant Recipient Form.)
April 11, 2016: Finalists announced
May 19, 2016: Elevator Pitch Night Event, 5:30 –7:30 p.m., Goodwood Museum & Gardens’ Carriage House
Q: What do these scientific marvels have in common?
- the world’s largest and highest-powered magnet laboratory
- an advanced Aero Propulsion Laboratory with its own supersonic and subsonic wind tunnels
- Florida’s premiere center for the study of plasmas
- a giant pendulum capable of crashing a 2-ton concrete block into a commuter bus
- the world headquarters of the developer of commercially viable fuel cell technology
- a world-class research center developing materials used in lightning-strike protection and armored vehicles
- manufacturing of the world’s first totally oil-free compressors
A: You can find them all at Innovation Park of Tallahassee!
Spanning over 208 acres of pristine Florida landscape, Innovation Park is home to more than thirty-five cutting-edge research and manufacturing organizations. Research and technology breakthroughs pervade Innovation Park, from the development of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math educational software to a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) that achieves the highest scanning transmission resolution in the world among commercial TEMs!
Innovation Park’s location can’t be beat! Less than five miles from:
- Tallahassee Airport
- Florida State University
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
- Tallahassee Community College
- Tallahassee’s flourishing downtown district
- …and conveniently close to Interstate 10!