In this seventh episode of Innovate @ Illinois, Andy Singer highlights the role of Small Business Innovation Research awards known as "SBIR and STTR" funding in helping commercialize research.

In Champaign County alone, 127 SBIR and STTR grants totaling over $47.5 million were awarded to small businesses between the years of 2004-2010.

First up, Laura Frerichs talks with Illinois Rocstar, a group of rocket scientists using codes to perform rocket simulations created here at the University of Illinois.

Next, Laura Frerichs meets with two members of Mimosa Acoustics—where they’re creating state-of-the-art auditory technologies

We hear from a man who helps train entrepreneurs on how to apply for and win SBIR grants, and finally Laura Bleill introduces us to Starfire Industries, where we hear just how the Research Park has helped the company win millions of dollars in SBIR/STTR funding.

Innovate @ Illinois is a show about entrepreneurship and technology commercialization happening at the University of Illinois. We highlight faculty, staff, and students who are taking their research and innovation to the next step.

The University of Illinois has a strong network of resources and services to support entrepreneurs through programs, education, funding, and technical assistance. Innovate @ Illinois will highlight companies popping up on campus and in the local community, and share their success stories.

Innovate @ Illinois is hosted by Andy Singer, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Technology Entrepreneur Center.

This episode of Innovate @ Illinois is a UI-7 Production, produced by Technology Entrepreneur Center and the University of Illinois Research Park.

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