START: The SBIR Targeted Technologies Program
A program initiative of MassVentures
Massachusetts companies are awarded over 200 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business TEchnology Transfer (STTR) contracts every year, with the Department of Defense accounting for approximately half of these. START is a program funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to assist Massachusetts-based companies, which have received SBIR/STTR Phase II funding, in turning their technologies into commercialized, promising technologies. The program helps high growth companies grow employment opportunities, promote manufacturing and commercialization, and stimulate innovation across the Commonwealth. In addition to financial commercialization assistance, START provides coaching, business planning and introductions to potential investors.