Nicole Toomey Davis
President & CEO, Enclavix, LLC, Co-Creator of VentureWrench.com, Successful Fundraiser, and Serial Entrepreneur
About the Instructor
Nicole Toomey Davis is President & CEO of Enclavix, LLC, creators of VentureWrench.com, a free online application that uses artificial intelligence to curate the most useful resources for entrepreneurs.
Ms. Davis is a serial entrepreneur who has raised millions of dollars from angel and VC investors as well as over $1.2 million in funding from the NSF SBIR program. She has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and spent 6 years running a grant funding program for the State of Utah to help bring to market some of the state's most advanced technologies. Ms. Davis blogs at Notes.Venturewrench.com
This course is an extension of a presentation she has been asked to give to many groups of entrepreneurs to help level the playing field with investors! Ms. Davis holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a published author, with both textbook contributions and press articles to her credit, and is frequently called upon to speak at industry events and has been recognized by her peers with many industry awards.
As a longtime and experienced reviewer of both Phase I and Phase II SBIR proposals, I have had so many questions about proposals for the upcoming SBIR deadlines that I have put together a "mini course" on what actually happens behind the scenes during the Review Process of SBIR proposals.
This permanent course came from a live course conducted in November 2017 with input from teams working on proposals for upcoming December deadlines.
Items covered include:
- The importance of the pre-proposal executive summary/submission (more than 2 weeks in advance of submission deadlines) Your chance to make reviewers love what you do!
- Overview of orientation that reviewers receive
- Identifying the different types of reviewers on a panel and how this impacts the process
- What reviewers are asked to do for each review (and how this impacts your proposal!)
- Why an SBIR Program Director said on a road tour this summer that just a few things can raise your odds of being awarded funding from 15% to over 50%!
- Why the Introduction can make or break your entire proposal
- The order in which experienced reviewers read your proposal - and why it matters.
- Differences and similarities between Phase I and Phase II reviews, and why your Phase I review is really the first part of your Phase II review
- Do letters of support really matter - and how not to get them
- What is really needed in the commercialization section of a Phase I (vs. Phase II)
- Review of my list of 40 ways to improve your SBIR proposal (from mistakes I saw in actual proposals)
- The difference between individual reviews and panel summary (and scores) and what that feedback means
- How to track the progress of your proposal
- Clues that you have been recommended for funding and what to expect from your PD
Content includes 9 core content chapters, over 2 hours of content plus four bonus chapters to help you with your executive summary or proposal overview and another bonus chapter to help you with your SBIR accounting.