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Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation Initiative

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The Rutgers University Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development’s (CUEED) Pipeline to Inclusive Innovation (PII) Initiative aims to increase the number of under-represented inventors, scientists and technology-focused minority business enterprises (MBEs) engaged in federally-funded innovation and technology programs. 

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CUEED PII is a federally funded initiative of the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency. Through the MBDAs mission to increase the number of MBEs that participate in Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. CUEED PII will provide comprehensive training and support around three key stages of the commercialization process:

Stage 1

Under-represented inventors, scientists and technology-focused MBEs at the primary stage of technology development will increase their awareness of federal technology transfer programs.

Stage 2

MBEs who have new, commericalizable technologies or have plans to develop them, will gain assistance in forming companies and applying to SBIR)/STTR programs.

Stage 3

MBEs who have received Phase 1 SBIR/STTR awards will learn how to prepare for successful Phase II proposals.

Upcoming Event

In May 2017, CUEED PII* will host a Technology Entrepreneurship & Commercialization Boot Camp at Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey.  This application will be part of the evaluation materials determining who will attend this boot camp. 

Rutgers University was awarded $407,668 to launch the Minority Tech Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization Initiative from the Minority Business Development Agency.

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