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SBIR/STTR with Nicole Toomey Davis

Episode #4: How to Win a SBIR/STTR with Nicole Toomey Davis

Oct 12, 2020 | Podcasts


This Episode

Nicole Toomey Davis

You Will Learn

  • How Nicole got started in Technology
  • How Nicole and her Husband Won 1.2 Million Dollars in SBIR awards
  • Tips and Techniques from Her Workshop on SBIR/STTR

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Episode #4: How to Win a SBIR/STTR with Nicole Toomey Davis

Nicole Toomey Davis is a serial entrepreneur and the President, CEO, and co-founder of AI-software company, Enclavix, LLC, creators of the VentureWrench Startup Community with a vision of high tech and high touch to help coach large numbers of entrepreneurs effectively.  She has raised millions of dollars in investor funding for her award-winning startups as well as over $1.2 million in SBIR funding for Enclavix and VentureWrench.

Nicole Toomey Davis

Nicole Toomey Davis

Ms. Davis also invested millions of dollars in some of Utah’s most sophisticated tech startups during her tenure running Utah’s high-profile technology grant funding program.   Ms. Davis holds a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is an experienced Board Member, published author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur coach.

The Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs fund startups and small businesses across technology areas and markets to stimulate innovation in technology to meet Federal research and development (R&D) needs focusing on transitioning innovations to commercial applications.


Nicole is a big believer in the SBIR program because Enclavix has won 1.2 million dollars from the National Science Foundation. She and her husband, Brad, wanted to create technology to help entrepreneurs and used Artificial Intelligence to curate a library. The content they put around the resources are courses to help entrepreneurs.

Nicole has talked with the SBIR program managers and found out that some people that get invited to present to the National Science Foundation don’t submit their idea once the idea is accepted because it is much work to submit a full proposal.

Women in Tech

Nicole and Linda are both women in tech, had a pleasant conversation surrounding all the progress in technology. Create one of the first mobile email systems, and she has a memory of the technical challenges surrounding that experience. It is difficult to up with waves of technology and need to hustle every day.

Nicole has a family, and she works closely with her husband every day in their business. She manages her personal and professional balance with great skill. She thinks the best thing that has come out of the pandemic is the ability to work remotely. The vision of video conferencing has come so far that it is entirely natural. In the past, the dynamic of having one or two people remote while everyone is in person was not as effective.

Entrepreneurship gave us flexibility. ~Nicole Toomey Davis

COVID brought many changes to everyone, but both Nicole and Linda talked about working at home for a very long time. No changes to their remote work schedule except perhaps more concentration and focus. Learning to manage your time is a skill for every entrepreneur. You have to be self-motivated because you are your boss.

Learn From Nicole

Nicole has a workshop for SBIR/STTR and can buy right now, and every time they go in, there will more things added all of the time. The workshop is new and is continuously be added to at this time.

Nicole At a Conference

Nicole At a Conference

Nicole has a FREE giveaway called: 40 ways to improve your SBIR/STTR proposal. Nicole was a reviewer of the SBIR/STTR proposals and started to write down every mistake until she came up with a list of 40 mistakes people make with their technical proposals that cost teams the money.

To learn more about SBIR and STTR and the services provided at Enclavix and VentureWrench, you can email Nicole directly at ndavis@enclavix.com or signup to attend a workshop at https://venturewrench.com/tag/sbir-sttr/

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