NEW STATEWIDE PROGRAM AND PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCED
IDAHO FALLS, ID -- (May 18, 2021) – Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI) announces the roll-out of a new program – Elevate Idaho - in partnership with the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
“Elevate Idaho was developed to launch the Idaho SBIR/STTR Virtual Innovation Center, a statewide program to connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to take their ventures to the next level of success”, stated Teresa McKnight, CEO of REDI. McKnight goes on to say, “Under the Elevate Idaho Program, statewide leaders work together to provide a strong network of expertise and mentors – all working hand-in-hand to bring together the resources required to strengthen successful growth of research and entrepreneurial activities across the State of Idaho.”
“The Center will include training and educational workshops, one-on-one consulting, writing assistance, proposal review, assistance with strategic commercialization planning, and real-time collaboration between researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, start-ups, and tech-based economic development partners from across Idaho – all in a virtual environment”, stated Lori Manning, Program Director of the Idaho PTAC Center.
The Center will also provide the means to open up collaboration opportunities that would not otherwise have taken place, and most important, strengthen Idaho’s regional and statewide entrepreneurial and research ecosystem.
“This unique partnership was formed with the common goal for innovation in the state of Idaho that provides businesses new opportunities. That opportunity starts with access to different types of funding mechanisms, such as non-dilutive federal funding through the SBIR/STTR grant program”, stated Tom Kealey, Director of Idaho Commerce. Kealey goes on to say, “Idaho is the best place to build a business and be part of a great entrepreneurial community that enjoys a quality of life that is second to none.”
Statewide partnership leaders include: Teresa McKnight, CEO of Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI); Lori Manning, Program Director of the Idaho Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC); David Noack, Region VI Director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center (SBDC); Tom Kealey, Director of the Idaho Commerce Office and Carman Achabal, Program Manager of iGEM - Idaho Commerce Office; Jeremy Tamsen, Director of the University of Idaho Technology Transfer Office; Katy Weiser, Director of the Boise State University Technology Transfer Office; Donna Lybecker, Acting Vice President for Research at Idaho State University and Steve Wright, ISU Sponsored Programs Specialist; Jason Stolworthy, Director of the Idaho National Laboratory Tech Deployment Office; Doug Covey, Director of the State SBDC Office; and Tiam Rastegar, Executive Director of Trailhead in Boise.
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