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Grasshopper Meeting: Accessing Millions in Federal Funding for Product Ideas

Thu 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance

Join us for a discussion with Brian Walsh, CTC Commercialization Consultant and Michael Hendrickson, Project Manager at BrainXell, Inc., to learn how to find and compete for federal grants and contracts that aim to advance the readiness of technologies for commercialization. It is important to understand what federal agencies are seeking and how the processes for these grants work. Brian Walsh and Michael Hendrickson will discuss what's involved in successfully competing for these non-dilutive funds and Michael’s direct experience in winning multiple SBIR grants. Join us to learn about this early-stage, pre-equity stage funding program that promotes research and developing proof of concept for technologies. This discussion will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Gallagher.

Speaker(s): About Brian: Brian joined the CTC in February and is focused on the Southeast Wisconsin region. He has first-hand experience acquiring, owning and operating a small, technology-based business in Wisconsin. His professional background also includes R&D, marketing, and management roles in life science companies and experience in the technology transfer field. About Michael Hendrickson: Michael is the Project Manager at BrainXell and was the company’s first employee. He has written commercialization plans for two successful Phase II SBIR applications (and one unsuccessful one). He has a background in neuroscience and was previously a bench scientist for a startup doing CNS drug development.

Co-Sponsor(s): Grasshopper meetings are presented monthly through a partnership between CTC and 5 Lakes Institute to help entrepreneurs and innovators move forward. Presenters with expertise in specific technologies, equity investment, partnerships and other areas share best practices and spur thought-provoking discussion. Co-Sponsors: Startup Milwaukee Week connects high-growth entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch and scale high-growth tech companies in the Milwaukee region. The 5th annual event is taking place virtually November 11 - 18 and is supported by Husch Blackwell, Northwestern Mutual, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Skills Pipeline. To view the full calendar of events visit

Fee: No Cost