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Equity Sparks Innovation

Project Enginuity uplifts Black, Latinx and women entrepreneurs, assisting them on their journey to secure non-dilutive capital and fuel innovation.

Accelerate change.
Be the spark.
Join our National SBIR accelerator.

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Equity Sparks Innovation

Project Enginuity uplifts Black, Latinx and women entrepreneurs, assisting them on their journey to secure non-dilutive capital and fuel innovation. ​

Accelerate change. ​
Be the spark.

Join our National SBIR accelerator.

A diverse group of young tech entrepreneurs working at table with laptops and coffee, entrepreneurs.
A diverse group of young tech entrepreneurs working at table with laptops and coffee, entrepreneurs.

Equity Sparks Innovation

Project Enginuity uplifts Black, Latinx and women entrepreneurs, assisting them on their journey to secure non-dilutive capital and fuel innovation. 

​Accelerate change. ​
Be the spark.

Join our National SBIR accelerator.

Program Overview

Project Enginuity, a National SBIR Accelerator, was designed to accelerate and empower 
Black, Latinx and women innovators led by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Partnership
 (DACC MBP) in collaboration with the Entrepreneurs’ Center 
(EC) and support from Chase.

Program participants receive expert training, which supports their application for necessary funding via Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. Businesses that receive non-dilutive capital from SBIR are able to explore their technological potential, profit from commercialization and build long-term wealth.

Be the Spark

Be the Spark

Be the Spark

Key Dates

July 19th

Webinar: National SBIR Accelerator Information - Session 1

1:00 – 1:45pm EST
July 22nd

Webinar: How to Partner with Universities to Maximize SBIR Awards

1:00 – 2:00pm EST
July 27th

Webinar: National SBIR Accelerator Information - Session 2

1:00 – 1:45pm EST
August 3rd

Webinar: National SBIR Accelerator Information - Session 3

1:00 – 1:45pm EST
August 5th

Webinar: New NASA Programs and How to Protect Your SBIR Data Rights

1:00 – 2:00pm EST
August 8th

Applications Close

August 31st

Candidates Identified and Informed

September & October

Training Program Begins

Cohort #1: Sept 20, 2021 | Mon – Fri, 12–3pm EST

Cohort #2: Sept 27, 2021 | Mon – Fri, 12–3pm EST

Cohort #3: Oct 4, 2021 | Mon – Fri, 12–3pm EST

Cohort #4: Oct 11, 2021 | Mon – Fri, 12–3pm EST

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Selection Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria. See APPLY to learn more.

  • Eligibility for SBIR Program
  • Within scope of R/R&D goals of SBIR
  • Program Initiatives
  • Market Opportunity
  • Dual Use Market Application (Government and Commercial Industry applications)
  • Commercialization Potential
  • Technical Feasibility
  • Team
  • Traction
  • Problem Solution Fit

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