Work with Launch Dayton’s Wright State Research Institute team

Wright State Research Institute has four open requests for proposals for various work within the Launch Dayton community. See brief descriptions below, and download the formal RFP here for full details.

Please submit proposals to john.c.owen@wright.edu & diana.whatmough@wright.edu by Monday, Dec. 23. The anticipated award date is Jan. 1, 2020.

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Daunted by that full RFP? If you’re an individual interested in working with our team, approach your proposal this way:

1.1 Copy & paste this list of required identification numbers to your cover sheet. If there’s something you don’t have (such as a Cage Code), just list N/A.

1.2 & 1.3 Lay out your costs. Direct labor — you will spend X hours doing X activity at X rate. Direct costs — you will purchase X equipment for X purpose at X price. So on & so forth. Not familiar with organizational cost share? Don’t worry about that part.

2.1 Technical Approach — Write out how you plan to tackle each task in the relevant statement of work.

2.2 Technical Confidence — Draft your bio. Who are you & why are you the person who is ideal to complete this work? What are your relevant skills? Give examples of why you can carry out this work.

2.3 Management Plan — What is the structure of your team? Who does what tasks & who reports to who? Are you applying solo? The you’re the person executing each task, so write it out that way.

2.4 Past Performance — Have you done work like this before? Give examples of your experience in managing projects.

Additional questions? Email john.c.owen@wright.edu.

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Early Risers Academy Co-Facilitator (Tech) — In 2019, WSARC launched The Early Risers Academy, a pre-accelerator to take potential entrepreneurs from idea to business plan to company launch leveraging The Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac educational course work. WSARC is looking to contract with a facilitator with entrepreneurial experience to support, at minimum, three 10-week cohorts of 5-10 entrepreneurs.
The facilitator will work with the WSARC Project Manager to accomplish the following tasks. These particular cohorts will be geared towards entrepreneurs with high-tech opportunities, which likely require IP protection and high growth strategies.

Early Risers Academy Co-Facilitator (Main Street) — In 2019, WSARC launched The Early Risers Academy, a pre-accelerator to take potential entrepreneurs from idea to business plan to company launch leveraging The Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac educational course work. WSARC is looking to contract with a facilitator with entrepreneurial experience to support, at minimum, three 10-week cohorts of 5-10 entrepreneurs.
The facilitator will work with the WSARC Project Manager to accomplish the following tasks. These particular cohorts will be geared towards main street businesses that will not have intellectual property and where the customer base is mostly the local population such as retail, food, consulting, and marketing businesses.

Lead for Veteran/DoD Outreach — The goal of this specific initiative is to accelerate the growth of an inclusive startup and commercialization community of entrepreneurs, mentors, resource providers, and community members by specifically targeting populations that are underrepresented. WSARC is looking for an innovative proposal that:
1. Develops & executes a regional strategy to attract veteran/DoD partners to the startup and commercialization community;
2. Creates specific educational programming for veterans/DoD to connect them to the
startup and commercialization community;
3. Connects people to existing community programming;
4. Promotes new programming developed by regional initiatives to veterans/DoD.

Lead for Defense Tech Accelerator — The goal of this specific initiative is to accelerate the growth of our startup and commercialization community by bringing in outside capital and talent and ensuring top local startups have the opportunity to grow locally. The awardee will develop a tech accelerator model & curriculum & execute a pilot program.

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