ED  Wyoming SBIR and STTR Initiative (WSSI)


     Office Locations:

University of Wyoming, Room 163 VocEd Annex
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-2904
Fax: 307-766-2530



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Manufacturing & Industrial



    The WSSI is a program of statewide outreach through conferences, workshops and one-on-one mentoring. In 1996 the University of Wyoming (UW) Research Office launched the Wyoming SBIR Initiative to encourage participation of Wyoming individuals and small businesses in the SBIR and STTR programs. Initially funded by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program as a model for other rural states to emulate, the initiative was immediately successful, and Wyoming small businesses received more SBIR awards in 1996/1997 than in the previous thirteen years combined. As a result of this performance, the 1998 Wyoming legislature authorized the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) to continue funding the program. At the same time, the WBC also sponsored the creation of the unique Wyoming Phase 0 Program, providing up to 24 awards annually of $5,000 each to assist Wyoming small businesses in the preparation of competitive Phase I SBIR/STTR proposals.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Eugene Watson WSSI Program Manager
    Kelly Haigler Cornish WSSI Outreach Coordinator


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