Technical & Business Assistance (TABA) for Phase II SBIR/STTR Grant Awardees

Larta offers a comprehensive program of Technical & Business Assistance (TABA) for startups who have received a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  

Program Overview

This program is dedicated to the successful commercialization of SBIR/STTR funded technologies and provides comprehensive commercialization assistance to all USDA SBIR and STTR Phase II awardees with Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) funds.

Who's Eligible?

All Phase I NIFA SBIR/STTR Phase II grantees 


$50,000 Phase II TABA awarded by USDA

Enrollment Deadlines

TABA funds to be requested with award application. Awarded 6-9 months after SBIR/STTR proposal submission.


12-24 months alongside Phase II grant program


2-3 hrs per week, depending on the project scope and timeline

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.

Commercialization Preparation

Based on the company near/long term goals and objectives, as well as team resources, Larta helps the company develop and execute on plans and activities critical to commercialization of the technology, topics relating to regulatory, reimbursement, IP, marketing, financial model, sales/distribution, etc.

Support from a Dedicated Expert

Collaborate with a dedicated ‘Lead Principal Advisor’ with support from other Principal Advisors as needed

Startup Education & Content

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

Collaborate 1:1 with an expert Larta 'Principal Advisor' during the program. We have a team of 50+ highly experienced agriculture & food 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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About Larta Institute

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