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, 24 companies have benefited from $412,000 in grants awarded for the commercialization of their technologies. Most of those companies are still flourishing in the local community today.


The TechGrant Program is a competition hosted by LCRDA.  Each year applications become available in January.  The applications (along with company profile, signed applicant agreement and a business commercialization plan) are due in March.  Once applications are received, a group of five judges, many of whom are business leaders in the Tallahassee community, review each application and judge them based on specific criteria.

The top five companies that score the highest are invited to participate in our TechGrant Pitch Night event, where each company provides a presentation of their business commercialization plan and answers judges’ questions. The top two teams who score the highest overall are awarded grants of up to $15,000.

Additionally, winners are awarded with scholarships to attend the 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 competition is open to anyone in Leon County, who has an original idea for technology commercialization.

Announcing Our TechGrant Finalists for 2018!

We are pleased to announce that the following companies are finalists for our 2018 TechGrant Competition:

DiaTech, Diabetic Technologies, LLC

Footy Training, LLC

NeuroJungle, LLC

Nhu Energy, Inc. 


 Important Dates for the 2018 Program

  • January 10, 2018: Applications become available.
  • February 12, 2018: TechGrant Application Orientation, 4 p.m., Knight Administrative Centre, 1736 W. Paul Dirac Drive. Please e-mail Denise Bilbow ( to let her know you plan to attend.
  • March 12, 2018: 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, 2018: Finalists announced
  • May 16, 2018: TechGrant Pitch Night Event, 5:30 –7:30 p.m., Location– Goodwood Museum and Gardens Carriage House. Register to attend the event.

Register to Attend TechGrant Pitch Night

Click the button below to go to the TechGrant Pitch Night event page, where you can register to attend.

Winners Update

See how the TechGrant has helped these entrepreneurs advance their technology

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 TechGrant Program are NP Group and PointCatcher!

View non-finalists score sheets

The following is an overall rankings of the non-finalists for the 2016 TechGrant Program:

2016 Non-Finalists Scoring

Judge’s score sheets and comments by team:

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 TechGrant Program are Proper Channel and Stadium Runner!

View non-finalists score sheets

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 TechGrant Program are Neukie and Specialized Crystal Processing Inc.!