Workshops and training

SAGE offers a variety of workshops and webinars, as well as individual consulting and mentoring.

University of Nevada, Reno contact: Cara Baird at
Apio contact: Arundeep Pradhan at

SBIR-STTR online tutorials

SAGE on campus

Join us each semester for a week of workshops designed to help inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs – students, faculty, and community members – learn how to launch and fund technology-based startups. Workshops may be held virtually during campus alternative operations.

Sessions cover the following topics.

How to get federal research grant funding for your startup

Learn SBIR-STTR basics. Depending on agency, the SBIR-STTR program can award from $100,000 to $300,000 for a Phase I project with Phase II being typically $750,000 or more. This session will cover basic program structure and requirements. Come ready to talk about your business idea!

Customer discovery & validation

A successful SBIR-STTR application requires an understanding of the market need for your idea. In this session, learn the basics of SBIR-STTR commercialization plans and how to do the market research needed to submit a winning proposal.

Funding for technology startups

SBIR-STTR is called “America’s Seed Fund” for good reason. Success means non-dilatable funding for your startup. In this session you will learn about the differences between small business loans, venture investment (including angel and seed funding), co-venture or collaboration funding agreements, and grant funding.

The differences between RO1 and SBIR-STTR

Designed for researchers who wish someday to see their work translated into products and programs that impact and improve everyday life. Both presentation and conversation, this session will address the differences between traditional federal academic research funding and federal commercialization funding. It will also discuss the challenges of running a lab that bridges the gap between traditional research and product development.