USDA-CTABA Phase I Commercialization Assistance

Larta is the preferred partner of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). We offer a Commercialization Assistance Program for SBIR Phase I Grant Awardees. The program focus is to develop a commercialization plan so your startup is ready for Phase II grant submission.

Program Overview

In partnership with NIFA SBIR and Larta, this program provides current USDA SBIR Phase I grantees the opportunity to participate in the Program to develop a Commercialization Plan for the Phase II grant submission

Who's Eligible?

All NIFA SBIR Phase I grantees


$6500 per Phase I awardee, paid by USDA 

Enrollment Deadlines

Flexible – typically enrollment opens in October and continues to December


12-months – (October > September)


12 hours with a mentor
+ up to 6 hours for services in hub track

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.

CAP Track

For early stage companies, the CAP track has been designed to provide structured commercialization assistance that includes commercialization plan (CP) modules, CP review & feedback, a final company progress & final assessment, and final CP submission.

CAP track companies are typically new to commercialization activities and will work through all modules with their advisor.

HUB Track

For more advanced companies with targeted commercialization needs, Larta has designed the HUB track. Participants in the HUB track will work with their advisor on a detailed scope of work comprised of Larta commercialization services (TABA), receive CP review & feedback, company progress & final assessment, and final CP submission.

Companies in the HUB track are more accomplished in commercialization activities and will work with their advisor to develop a more targeted work plan that focuses on their specific gaps/challenges.

Collaborate 1:1 with an expert Larta ‘Principal Advisor’ during the program. We have a team of 70+ 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

Tony Simpson

Tony brings 25+ years experience leading agribusiness organizations in the biofuels, biobased materials and manufacturing, alternative energy, agriculture, and animal health industries.
Principal Advisor

Robert Calcaterra

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

Jeff Carpenter

Jeff has over 30 years of experience in commercialization of innovations, including life sciences, clean technology, agriculture, food, materials and chemicals.

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. 

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