The Center provides pre-tenant and tenant companies with individualized support, including:
- Business needs – business plan development, market research, referrals to professionals for assistance with business, marketing, regulatory issues, intellectual property and strategic alliances;
- Technology needs – connections to university researchers, access to federal lab researchers and technology, assistance with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and other federal research grants; and
- Financing needs – access to local and out-of-town venture capital and angel investors, and obtaining state tax credits.
CET operates a two-building complex totaling 92,000 square feet that is designed to support life science and other research companies with a range of technology laboratories. Tenants have access to shared office and research equipment, conference rooms, high-speed telecommunications and individual spaces that are customized for their specific research and business needs.
The Center offers an extensive training program for technology entrepreneurs throughout the region. Monthly meetings feature experts on important issues such as company valuation, patenting genetic material, corporate security and employee stock options. Twice a year CET holds a two-day Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant workshop, featuring federal program managers and experts on company development and technology commercialization.
Technology companies need assistance on several levels to discover their scientific advancements and bring them to market. The Center for Emerging Technologies is dedicated to nurturing the whole company to achieve and sustain growth.