Commercialization Assistance Program for SBIR Phase I Grant Awardees

Larta is the preferred partner of the U.S. Department of Energy. We offer a Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP) for SBIR Phase I Grant Awardees. The program is designed to translate new R&D ideas into a commercially viable proof of concept, ready for SBIR phase II grant funding.

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 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.

Develop a 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.

A well-defined ‘Commercialization Plan’ is required to apply for a Phase II SBIR R&D grant.

Larta‘s ComPlan™ is a market-tested commercialization plan that demonstrates market and management competence, instills confidence, sets expectations and increases your chances of success. The ComPlan™ conveys that you as an entrepreneur/founder are in a position to pursue commercial applications of your R&D.

Larta’s subject matter expert (Principal Advisor) will work iteratively with the you to develop, test, and validate the ComPlan™, covering market opportunity, company and team, competition and IP, and finance and revenue model.

Support from a Dedicated Expert

Collaborate with a dedicated ‘Principal Advisor’

Startup Education & Content

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

Choose from a Portfolio of Commercialization Services

Suite of commercialization services to select from based on track A (90 points budget) vs track B (40 points budget).

View menu of DOE CAP products & services.

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

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.

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: Legal & IP and Regulatory products are not included in the DOE CAP program’s menu of funded services.

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