U of A students help tech startups with federal grants through Science Venture Studio Fellowship
Najee Stubbs, Anna Buckley
The Science Venture Studio marked another successful semester for students and startups with the conclusion of its Fall 2021 Commercialization Fellowship.
Startup Junkie, which oversees the Science Venture Studio, hired two U of A students last fall who were able to lend their expertise to SVS client companies as they worked to apply for innovation research in small business or small technology transfer research grants.
Najee Stubbs, a senior from the College of Engineering, was paired with Cal-Tenn Innovations. They have been working on completing an NSF Phase I SBIR proposal to help develop their UltraShield device, which could help reduce the use of gels on ultrasound probes. Stubbs also helped the SVS team identify and develop a strategic plan to better serve international students applying to become Commercialization Fellows.
Anna Buckley, a junior in the honors program at Walton College, has been paired with Cureate, which aims to redirect the dollar back to our local communities by creating a self-sustaining food and beverage supply to meet changing consumer demand. They applied for a Phase I proposal from the US Department of Agriculture SBIR. Buckley has also been instrumental in helping the EMPOWER team develop marketing materials for their accelerator, which will have its official launch on January 26.
“Each semester, SVS has the opportunity to work with new clients as they prepare an SBIR or STTR proposal,” said Katie Thompson, Director of Science Venture Studio. “I’m always amazed at the amount of support students give to these businesses, as well as their insights into how SVS can better serve our community.”
The scholarship is a partnership between the U of A and Startup Junkie. The scholarship lasts for one semester, with a stipend of $5,000. The Science Venture Studio has hired three new fellows for the Spring 2022 cohort to help early-stage science and technology companies prepare proposals to various federal agencies.
Fellows will assist businesses with market research, customer discovery, and other tasks necessary to achieve the milestones businesses have identified for a successful small business proposal.
“I appreciate all of our team members as we continue to help start-up science and technology companies,” said Thompson. “The expertise and experience that students bring each semester has been instrumental in helping the businesses and overall growth of SVS.”
About Science Venture Studio: Supported by the Walton Family Foundation, the Science Venture Studio in conjunction with Innovate Arkansas, the Northwest Arkansas Council, the University of Arkansas Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Startup Junkie aims to help startups based on Arkansas Science and Technology to apply for non-dilutive projects. federal funding. The SVS team is made up of a grants specialist, advisor, commercialization fellows and technology mentors, all passionate about helping small science and technology companies secure funding to develop their technology and grow their business.