The Arrowhead Center SBIR Accelerator (ACSA) is a unique program put together by the NM FAST team to help demystify the SBIR/STTR programs. As a vehicle to increase awareness of these federal funding opportunities and to provide agencies with more compelling and complete proposal packages from New Mexico companies, these multi-week programs are a great resource for individual businesses and overall economic impact in the state.
Currently, the ACSA program runs two types of cohorts: general and agency-specific. General cohorts provide foundational knowledge and overviews for the SBIR/STTR programs and help participants determine which agencies would be interested in their innovation and the next best steps to moving along the commercialization pathway. Agency-specific cohorts are geared towards funding opportunities from specific agencies and are an intensive experience, helping participants every step of the way in putting together a complete SBIR/STTR proposal package.