This recent press release from the South Texas RCIC reminded me of the various state and local government programs that may be available to business startups and early-stage businesses.

The STRCIC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation that works to identify technology-based entrepreneurial ventures, increase cooperation between industrial, financial, and Institutions of Higher Education and encourage the formation of commercial enterprises based on advanced technologies. As a resource to its client companies, the STRCIC has a full-time staff, experienced volunteers and a strong collaborative partner organization. For detailed information about the Emerging Technology Fund and the South Texas RCIC, visit the web site To date, the TETF has allocated more than $130 million in funds to 102 early stage companies, and $153 million in grant matching and research superiority funds to Texas universities.

When you are searching for funding to either start a business or to expand your current business, don’t neglect to search for state and local economic development entities like the STRCIC that may have access to funding programs that you qualify for.

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