SHARPhub Events

Through the Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP), BBC Entrepreneurial Training Consulting (BBCetc) and KU, in collaboration with the five-state Midwest IDeA region (KS, OK, NE, ND, SD), is establishing a technology transfer accelerator hub in Kansas City. The SHARPhub will provide a host of resources, including coaching, partnership opportunities and business development activities, all focused on helping your technology reach the marketplace to make a difference.


2020 Grant Management Webinar Series

Every Thursday in October
Noon-1:00pm (CDT)

(Click to view the promotional flyer)

Whether you are anticipating a government grant or contract, it is imperative that you are able to manage the funds received. Understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success and proving your credibility for future funding. Join our Grant Management Series--offered through SHARPhub and presented by BBCetc--and learn the critical aspects of managing your money.

Click on the title to learn about the seminar and to register for each event individually:

October 1: How to Prepare a Budget for SBIT/STTR Proposals
October 8: What You Should Know About Government Audits
October 15: Practical Strategies for Indirect Rate Development
Octover 22: QuickBooks and Compliance
October 29: Policies & Procedures for SBIR/STTR Awardees

The $25.00 fee to attend this webinar will be waived if you or your company are located in one of the SHARPhub states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma). Please contact Marisol Rodriguez at for the discount code, so you have access to this event free of charge.

Commercialization Planning for SBIR/STTR Proposals
Live Virtual Classroom Training

Monday, October 26, 2020
-1:00pm (CDT)

Free Webinar - Register Here

Learn the essential components of an effective plan from demonstrating the market opportunity to product/technology considerations, developing a business strategy, and building your team. Also, get information on how to find and use cost-effective market research to direct your effort, supporting documents you will need, and other tips for writing a winning plan. 

Presenter: Megan Varnum Ph.D., Principal Consultant, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc)

Questions? Contact:

Helping put life science innovation on the fast path to market.

SHARPhub is designed to help life sciences innovators accelerate transfer to the commercial market. The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub (SHARPhub) was created in 2018 to fast-track early stage technologies from the central IDeA states – Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota. The program was designed to stimulate entrepreneurship, management, small business finance, and other skills to transition discoveries and technologies from the lab into commercial products that address human health and grow the regional economy.


SHARPhub offers training, mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities to every interested university and life science entrepreneur in our five-state region. More intensive assistance can be accessed by SHARPhub cohort companies.


SHARPhub is an initiative of the nationally-recognized BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) team, who facilitate access to important non-dilutive early stage capital, including SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) funding opportunities.

What SHARPhub accomplished in its first 18 months


Contact Project Principal Investigators Dr. Doug Wright (
or Becky Aistrup (

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