Inventors. Technologist. Founders.
TFG's clients often have an innovative product, process, or service based on proprietary research and development. This innovation typically involves intellectual property that contributes to a strong competitive advantage in the marketplace and serves as the foundation for a high rate of growth.
To qualify, clients must be dealing with one or more of the following technology areas:
- Hardware - computers, mobile devices, biotechnology, telecom, energy, green/clean tech
- Software - applications, embedded software, SaaS, Internet sites/services, or cloud-based solutions
- Technology-driven innovation where technology is not the product - process enhancement
- Novel combinations of existing technology
1) Submit an application
2) Participate in orientation webinar; if selected:
3) Attend panel interview session
Technology - TFG clients are the creators of new technology or use novel combinations of existing technology. Technology may also drive the business model of TFG clients even if the company itself is not a technology company.
Intellectual Property - TFG clients possess proprietary and defensible technology that may be legally protected.
Growth Potential - TFG clients are evaluated on their potential for growth both in terms of job creation potential and funding needs.
Location - Clients must be based in one of the 14 counties of the Northern CA SBDC Network. These counties include the following: San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino, Humboldt, or Del Norte. (Note: Companies may be incorporated in another state - like Delaware - but must be registered in CA in one of the 14 counties noted here. International companies - see note below.)
Note - International companies must be in the process of incorporating in the U.S. (e.g. Delaware C-Corporation) AND must be registered in California AND have your primary place of business located in one of the 14 counties listed above. If your company is already registered and established in the U.S., your primary place of business must be located in one of the 14 counties listed above.