New Orlean BioInnovation Center

Startup Assistance

The Center’s Commercialization team offers free consulting to assess promising new technologies and then propel them toward the market.

To support startups that are developing biotech, digital health, and clean technologies, our team can directly assist on a variety of projects such as company planning, market research, IP analyses, and others critical to company success. Our startup assistance programming also includes seminars and networking events throughout the year that delve into legal, financing, and other topics of interest to entrepreneurs.

This team has supported over 175 technology innovators and the creation of 300 jobs, and our clients have raised $93 million in funding. The program has also hosted over 90 public workshops for more than 2,750 attendees since 2011.

The services offered by the Center’s Commercialization team vary, but include:

Business Planning

  • New technology and market analyses
  • Development of business plans and executive summaries
  • Development of financial forecasts and valuations
  • Advice on corporate formation and management structures

Intellectual Property

  • Disclosure of invention
  • Prior art patentability, freedom to operate searches
  • Trademark searches and freedom to operate analyses

Market Research and Scale-Up Strategies

  • Identifying market opportunities, competitive landscapes, and marketing strategies
  • Advice on navigating regulatory channels
  • Developing go-to-market and product launch strategies

Raising Financing

  • Grant application reviews and support
  • Pitch deck development and presentation coaching
  • Networking opportunities with investors

Connections to External Resources

  • Networking with experts such as experienced management professionals and mentors
  • Facilitating partnerships with professional service firms
  • Introductions to potential strategic partners
  • Assist with tax incentive programs

Educational Programming

  • Seminars and workshops on topics such as legal, business, regulatory, and fundraising issues
  • Roundtables with investors on startup financing opportunities
  • Networking events