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Powering Your Startup with Government Funding

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Science Museum of Minnesota

Pat Dillon
MNSBIR, Director

Pat Dillon, MBA has worked with hundreds of small businesses to secure millions of dollars during her 30 years of experience in the federal Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs. In current role as founder and director of the Minnesota SBIR/STTR Accelerator, she helps to facilitate commercialization of deep tech ideas, concepts, and projects by leveraging federal research and development investments.  Pat collaborates closely with the University of Minnesota, Technology Commercialization Office, and serves as the Chair of the Technological Leadership Institute’s Advisory Board. Pat also collaborates with the Mayo Clinic, Office of Entrepreneurship, to support its startups, and in 2021 launched the first-ever graduate course called Accelerating SBIR/STTR Funding for Healthcare Innovations. Pat was awarded the prestigious Small Business Administration (SBA) Tibbetts Award, and has been a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and the United States Department of Agriculture. Pat is a 2001 recipient of the City Business’ 25 Most Innovative Woman Award (now the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal). Pat is a retired United States Navy Commander combat veteran with 40 years of service. Pat earned an MBA and BS from Winona State University, Winona, MN.


Could a federal or state entity be your startup’s next investor? Both national and local governments are supporting startups through grants, partnerships, education and more. Launch Minnesota will introduce you to a few of the many funding opportunities in this space and provide tips for making successful connections with government entities.