Sponsors, Partners and Investors
Center for Technology Commercialization
The Center for Technology Commercialization provides one-on-one assistance to early-stage emerging technology businesses throughout Wisconsin. Center consultants are experts in commercialization processes. They have over 60 years of combined experience and have collaborated in acquiring over $100 million in federal and other funding for their clients.
The Center for Technology Commercialization is supported by the University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX), the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). They are a part of the UW-Extension Division for Business and Entrepreneurship.
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF)
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is the private, nonprofit patent and licensing organization for the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
WARF manages a $2.6 billion endowment, built from decades of licensing and investment revenues, on behalf of the university. It makes unrestricted gifts to the UW–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education based upon annual requests from the university to meet current needs for improving staffing, faculty grants, student fellowships, equipment, facilities and partnerships for research. In recent years, these annual gifts have exceeded $45 million.
Unlike most technology offices that operate as part of the universities they serve, WARF’s unique private, nonprofit status allows it to support a broad range of technology transfer activities, including entrepreneurs, startup companies and equity investments.
The C-Motive Technologies opted to partner with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the IP arm of the UW-Madison, for patent filing and enforcement. Licenses for both WARF patents were secured in 2013, and WARF then led C-Motive's first round of outside financing, ultimately leading to $658,000 in debt financing from UW-related institutions and other smaller investors.
NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)
The NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $150,000 Phase 1 SBIR grant In January, 2014 to begin C-Machine development. This research and development led to a Phase 2 SBIR grant in September, 2015 providing an additional $721,090 to continue development of the C-Machine.
University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison)
C-Motive Technologies has partnered with The University of Wisconsin-Madison and in particular maintains close collaborative ties with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The NSF SBIR Awards have included subcontracts under the direction of Professor Dan Ludois at the UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and has allowed him to support graduate assistant research in a collaborate effort to further the development of the C-Machine.
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
WEDC provides a statewide network which offers new business support services, programs and initiatives that encourage entrepreneurial activity and connect business owners with resources, training, and mentoring. From "big idea" to commercialization, WEDC helps advance startup activity through Wisconsin.
In July 2015, C-Motive Technologies was awarded a $250,000 loan to assist with the development of the C-Machine.