DOE Program for SBIR Phase I Grant Awardees

Technical & Business Assistance (TABA)

Larta is a vendor of the DOE SBIR-STTR Program that provides Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) to Phase I awardees.

Program Overview

The DOE is dedicated to the successful commercialization of SBIR/STTR funded technologies and provides comprehensive commercialization assitance to all DOE SBIR and STIR Phase I awardees. 

Who's Eligible?

All DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I awardees


$6,500 paid by DOE

Enrollment Deadlines

Open enrollment after Phase I grant award


6-12 months 


1-2 hours per week

Interested in joining this program?

Answer a few short questions, and our team will be in touch with next steps and more info.

What to expect.

Gain Support from a Dedicated Expert

Collaborate with a dedicated ‘Lead Principal Advisor.’

Undertake Needs Assessment with a Dedicated Expert/Lead Principal Advisor (PA)

Collaborate with a dedicated Larta Lead “Principal Advisor” to assess your startup’s current needs & status and determine the most appropriate use of TABA funds for commercialization preparation.

Develop Your Commercialization Plan

Work with a dedicated market expert to create a ComPlan™ – the ‘Commercialization Plan’ is designed to outline how your early-stage invention will move from a research idea to a commercially-viable product in the marketplace.

Phase I awardees are required to submit a ‘Commercialization Plan’ as part of their Phase II SBIR/STTR applications. 

Larta uses a market-tested strategy to review commercialization plan modules as they are developed, identify, and help fill gaps which increase your chances of success.

Larta’s subject matter expert (Lead Principal Advisor) will work iteratively with the you to develop, test, and validate your Commercialization Plan that includes the market opportunity, company and team, competition and IP, and finance and revenue model.

Receive Startup Education & Resources

Access Larta’s library of resources and attend monthly webinars with leading industry experts.

Choose from a Portfolio of Commercialization Services

Access a suite of commercialization services to select from in hubs of product sales, intellectual property protections, market research, market validation, certifications & regulatory, manufacturing, and expert mentoring.

Collaborate 1:1 with an expert Larta ‘Principal Advisor’ during the program. We have a team of 50+ highly experienced cleantech & energy focused mentors.

Our programs are led by seasoned industry experts with deep sector knowledge. Each startup is assigned a dedicated Principal Advisor to guide their journey from idea to sustainable enterprise.

Principal Advisor

Rachel Costello

Rachel led project management and business development for Tesla’s Energy Products Team.
Principal Advisor

Rita Hansen

Rita Hansen is CEO of Onboard Dynamics, a company that seeks to lower fuel costs and carbon emissions by removing refueling infrastructure barriers to driving natural gas vehicles.
Principal Advisor

Mark Juergensen

Mark brings over 25 years of success in energy technology commercialization and energy project development.
Principal Advisor

Joel Balbien

Joel is an accomplished & visionary consultant with proven success in managing the commercialization of CleanTech, Semiconductor, and Life Sciences technologies.
Principal Advisor

Robert Calcaterra

Robert has mentored over 200 companies in the fields of life sciences, cleantech, energy, precision agriculture, and aquaculture.

Utilize our proven products during your program to accelerate your startup.

Our portfolio of 30+ products & tools for startups have been designed & proven over 25-years to accelerate translating R&D ideas into sustainable enterprises.

Our bench of highly experienced experts/mentors work 1:1 with startup founders to deliver our products, customized to your stage of growth and specific goals.

Note: Services requiring the use of an attorney are not included in DOE’s TABA program.

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