U.S. Department of Energy SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Program (DOE CAP)

CAP Overview and Objectives:

The U.S. Department of Energy Commercialization Assistance Program (DOE CAP) is designed to help entrepreneurs achieve commercial success in the marketplace. Active DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I or Phase II awardees that did not request and budget for an external commercialization provider in their SBIR/STTR application are eligible to participate in the DOE CAP. Once enrolled, Larta will identify a dedicated Principal Advisor and/or specialist from its network of highly skilled subject matter experts to work exclusively with each company based on specific needs as follows:

Phase I Awardees: Assist in the development of a compelling, market-relevant Commercialization Plan, required for the Phase II application process. Phase I assistance is designed to help strengthen your commercialization strategy, and better positon you for success with your Phase II proposal.

Phase II Awardees: Provide assistance for specific commercialization topics, based on specific needs for each company. Assistance could come in the form of market research/segmentation, regulatory compliance, intellectual property (IP), term sheets, licensing agreements, pro-forma financials, pitch deck, etc. Phase II assistance is designed to better position you for success in the marketplace.

Enrollment and Kickoff: After communication from DOE and Larta about the CAP, we will begin the program by holding a CAP Information Webinar, followed by a short enrollment period. We will conclude the enrollment period with a formal CAP Orientation (Kickoff) Webinar prior to meeting with you at the DOE Phase I conference.

CAP Timeline: Generally, enrollment begins about one (1) month following your Phase I award. CAP services will begin shortly after the enrollment period closes, and conclude with your Phase II application or expiration of your Phase I award.

Specialized Services: We will match your company with resources and experts who understand your technology and competitive environment plus provide valuable insights to help develop or fine-tune your commercialization strategies and/or overcome specific market hurdles.

Phase I Service options depending on your needs:

Option 1 - Commercialization Services Menu: Participating companies may choose from a menu of commercialization services, specific to commercialization needs, including market research (customized, primary or secondary), competitor analysis, market sizing and intellectual property (IP) positioning.

Option 2 - Flexible and Customized Assistance: We will tailor our assistance to your specific needs, such as assisting with one or more specific commercialization and/or market entry needs/challenges.

Commercialization Training Webinars: You will have access to the Larta Webinar Series, which hosts seminars on commercialization relevant topics by subject matter experts. Webinar topics range from Market Research, Funding, Intellectual Property, Branding & Marketing, and more.

Enrollment and Kickoff: After communication from DOE and Larta about the CAP, we will begin the program by holding a CAP Information Webinar, followed by a short enrollment period. We will conclude the enrollment period with a formal CAP Orientation (Kickoff) Webinar to kick off the program.

CAP Timeline - Year 1 and Year 2 of Phase II Award: Generally, CAP enrollment begins about one (1) month following your Phase II award; services will begin shortly after the enrollment period closes. CAP services are available during Year 1 and Year 2 of your Phase II award.

Specialized Services: We will match your company with resources and experts who understand your technology and competitive environment plus provide valuable insights to help develop or fine-tune your commercialization strategies and/or overcome specific market hurdles.

Phase II Service options depending on your needs:

Option 1 - Services Menu: Participating companies may choose from a menu of commercialization services, specific to commercialization needs, including market research (customized, primary or secondary), marketing & branding, competitor analysis, market sizing, website design, refinement of pro-forma financials and intellectual property (IP) analysis.

Option 2 - Flexible and Customized Assistance: Together with you, we will develop outcomes that suit your commercialization and customer-centric goals. We will tailor assistance to your specific needs, such as assisting with your market entry strategy, or tackling specific commercialization and/or market entry needs/challenges.

Commercialization Training Webinars: You will have access to the Larta Webinar Series, which hosts seminars on commercialization relevant topics by subject matter experts. Webinar topics range from Market Research, Funding, Intellectual Property, Branding & Marketing, and more.

Access to Larta Network: Larta provides DOE CAP participants and alumni with access to our Industry Advisory Board (IAB) as appropriate. The IAB brings together a diverse group of senior executives and technology scouts, many from Fortune 1000 companies, who engage with companies to provide market-based feedback and are interested in access to entrepreneurs and innovations.

Eligibility:

Active DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I or Phase II awardees that did not request and budget for an external commercialization provider in their SBIR/STTR application are eligible to participate in the DOE CAP.

Larta Portal:

The Larta Portal serves as the gateway to the program’s various tools, communications, and updates. It also serves as a repository for program deliverables and performance tracking. Program eligible companies will be provided with access to the Larta Portal for enrollment.

Contact Us:

David Berokoff
Program Director, DOE CAP
Ph: (213) 262-1638
E: dberokoff@larta.org
Marco Henkel
Senior Programs Manager, DOE CAP
Ph: (213) 538-1456
E: mhenkel@larta.org

If you have any questions about the CAP, please contact Larta or DOE Commercialization Program Manager, Claudia Cantoni at claudia.cantoni@science.doe.gov

DOE SBIR/STTR Web Site: http://science.energy.gov/sbir
DOE SBIR/STTR Commercialization Assistance Web Site: https://science.energy.gov/sbir/awardee-resources/commercialization-assistance-program/