Our Microgrant Program Lowers Barriers to Commercialization

Startup Toolbox supports CU researchers to develop new therapies, devices, and software. Developing a cutting edge therapeutic or novel healthcare technology is challenging and requires a different skillset from academic research. The Toolbox provides guidance, services, and resources to help you develop your discoveries and improve patients’ lives. Applications are short and should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. Applications are reviewed rapidly; you should get a response within 5 business days and grants are awarded on a rolling basis. 

A database of current preferred service providers is also provided via the CU Innovations Hub (linked below), and CU Innovations staff are available to guide your search if you are unsure of where to start.

Services Offered

Available resources include marketing analysis, business and financial planning, product development, regulatory advice for products requiring FDA approval, reimbursement strategy, legal, and corporate guidance in company formation, along with SBIR/STTR grant support consulting.

Services are offered at all stages of innovation development. Whether you are at the very beginning stages and would like assessment/guidance, would like to start researching on your own, or already know your project needs and are ready to apply for funding.

Partnerships: A Selection of Previously Supported Projects

See some examples of projects previously supported by Startup Toolbox:

About the Toolbox

Originally launched through the Gates Institute (formerly Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine) as a microgrant program, Startup Toolbox supports CU faculty developing next generation regenerative medicine therapies. The State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade recognized the success of the program in 2021 by providing additional funding to expand beyond regenerative medicine to all technologies being developed on CU Anschutz. Match funding for the OEDIT grant is powered by CU Innovations.

Important Links

Rural Technical Assistance Program | Colorado Office of Economic  Development and International Trade