The Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC) is an independent, non-partisan organization focused on identifying, advancing, and deploying the world’s best practices and policies for strategic economic growth, focused on high-performance innovation ecosystems.
Expanding Innovative Capacity
Economic growth generates higher wages and quality jobs for Texans. Economic growth is driven by innovation. TFIC coordinates initiatives to enhance Texas innovative capacity, including the Texas SBIR/STTR Network, an ambitious effort to triple federal research and commercialization funding to Texas businesses this decade.
Support for Texas Research Parks and Incubators
The Texas Association of Research Parks and Incubators (TARPI) is a federation of more than 30 venture development organizations statewide, providing service to the state, communities and each other in the development of high-performance innovation and commercialization infrastructure.
Texas Cluster Initiatives
TFIC supports regional industrial cluster Initiatives with advanced analysis and mapping techniques and development of strategy.
Presentations from the
2013 Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference
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Additional presentations will be added when available.
Texas SBIR/STTR Network: Tripling Texas Funding
Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities is pleased to partner with more than 40 institutions statewide to pursue tripling SBIR/STTR funding for Texas emerging technology growth companies. This concerted effort consists of educational workshops, a state summit to develop necessary partnerships and meet federal program managers, and a statewide mentoring network, providing a range of free and low-cost resources.
The Texas SBIR/STTR Summit & Conference. The Summit is the “capstone” in pursuing a winning SBIR/STTR proposal, with direct interaction with program managers from the biggest SBIR/STTR granting agencies. Hear direct from the agencies about their pressing technical needs. Promote your firm’s technologies and capabilities. Meet federal prime contractors, investors, university representatives and other resources to build your team and assist you in creating a winning SBIR/STTR proposal!
Be sure to participate in mentoring, introductions, referrals and other support from the Texas SBIR/STTR Resource Network!
Where We Are: An Assessment of Texas Competitiveness
from Michael Porter, Harvard School of Business: