TechGrant Program Offers Seed Money For Tallahassee’s Budding Entrepreneurs

Anyone in Leon County who has an original idea for technology commercialization is encouraged to apply for the 2016 TechGrant program. 

An application orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 4 p.m. at the Knight Administrative Centre, 1736 W. Paul Dirac Dr. During this session, you can expect to meet Innovation Park staff and other potential applicants, review the competition timeline and ask questions about the competition. It is highly recommended that first-time applicants attend.

The Leon County Research and Development Authority Technology Commercialization Grant (TechGrant) program was first launched in 2005 to demonstrate a commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Leon County. Since 2005, 20 companies have benefitted from $362,000 in grants awarded for the commercialization of their technologies. Most of those companies are still flourishing in the local community today.

In addition to a cash prize of up to $15,000, winners are awarded with scholarships to attend the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program and are granted exclusive access to the TechGrant Winners’ Circle, a quarterly gathering of past grant recipients that facilitates networking and collaboration.


March 14, 2016: Applications due (Note: Only complete applications will be considered. Application must include: application form, company profile, signed applicant agreement, business and commercialization plan and, if appropriate, prior grant recipient form.)

April 11, 2016: Finalists are announced.

May 19, 2016: Elevator Pitch Night event, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Goodwood Museum & Gardens' Carriage House.

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