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Business Innovation Act (BIA)

Business Innovation Act of 2011
Provides funding to help businesses develop new technologies that lead to quality job opportunities across the state. Competitive grants provide funding and technical assistance for research at Nebraska institutions, new product development and testing, and help expand small business and entrepreneur outreach efforts. The program offers several distinct areas of assistance listed below:

Nebraska Small Business Innovation Research Initiative (SBIR)
Provides financial assistance to small businesses maintaining a principal place of business in Nebraska. The Initiative supports applications to the federal Small Business Innovation Research Program (Phase 0) and subsequent successful federal Small Business Innovation Research program applications (Phase 1 and 2).

Nebraska Innovation Fund
Provides financial assistance to individuals and businesses operating in Nebraska to support proof of concept activities and commercialization of products or processes. Please contact Ben Kuspa at 402.471.3794 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss potential Prototype projects.

Nebraska Research and Development Program
Provides Nebraska businesses with the opportunity to partner with the State of Nebraska, and Nebraska colleges and universities to fund research and development activities that lead to new or better products, processes, and innovations that, without state assistance, may not occur.

Nebraska Microenterprise Assistance Program
Provides technical assistance and loans to Nebraska microenterprises located in distressed rural and urban areas to better assure their full potential to create jobs, enhance entrepreneurial skills and activities, and increase low-income households' capacity to become self-sufficient.

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