Innovation Park TechGrant 2018
2018 TechGrant presenting sponsors

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, 26 companies have benefited from $437,000 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.

Important Dates for the 2019 TechGrant Competition

  • January 9, 2019: Applications become available (Available on this page)
  • February 4, 2019:  TechGrant Orientation, 4pm at Knight Administrative Centre (1736 W. Paul Dirac Dr., Tallahassee FL, 32310) Please notify Denise Bilbow (Dbilbow@inn-park.com) if you plan to attend
  • March 11, 2019: Applications are due at 11:59pm (Note: only complete applications will be considered. The application must include: Application Form, Company Profile, signed Applicant Agreement, Business and Commercialization Plan and, if appropriate, Prior Grant Recipient Form.)
  • April 10, 2019: Finalists announced
  • May 16, 2019: Elevator Pitch Night Event, 5:30 –7:30 p.m., Location– Goodwood Museum and Gardens Carriage House

 

 

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.!