Coming Fall 2021
Texas Tech University has partnered with Market Lubbock, Inc. to establish the Presidents' Innovation Award. The objectives of the grant from Market Lubbock include 1) programs for students and entrepreneurs; 2) seed-stage funding for startups; and 3) seed grants for startups to support equipment and rental expense at the Innovation Hub at Research Park (Hub).
A committee of TTUS faculty, Hub staff, and TTUS facility staff determine the top applicant startups that exemplify innovation and commercialization. The committee will review applicant budgets and make a recommendation that may or may not be reflective of the budget submitted in the application. Final decisions for awards are made by the TTU President and TTUHSC President.
The awardees of this prestigious Presidential grant will be announced on February 15th, 2021. Here are four awards by each President in the following categories:
1- $25,000 award
1- $15,000 award
2- $5,000 awards or 1- $10,000 award
The lease contract for these awards will begin in February and run through the calendar year.
Grant Eligibility: All TTUS students, faculty, and staff are eligible. All community members are eligible. All applicants must have formed a company to be considered for the award. If you need help on how to start a company, contact TTU SBDC or follow the steps here: How do I start a company?
Prior awardees of the PIA grant are ineligible to submit unless the application is for a different startup company.
- Complete the Hub Lease Application and business plan.
- Applicant submits a 3-page business plan and budget requirements to the following link. Please clearly specify which budget category you are applying for in the header of your application.
- The committee assesses applicant space requirements and business plan and nominates recommendations to TTU & TTUHSC Presidents.
Fall 2020 Awardees
Texas Tech University President's Awards
EviroTECH, LLC: A company that integrates electrochemical technology and biomedical engineering to
combat infections and viral transmitted diseases including COVID-19.
CTO Founder – Gerardine Botte
Captivist, LLC: A research and advisory firm creating a mobile application providing customers detailed
information to make informed purchasing decisions pertaining to the quality, environmental
and sociological health of a product.
CEO Founder – Joyous Njoku
CritiColl, LLC: An application that provides a stress-saving platform for professors with tools to
promote academic success for students.
CEO Founder – Matheus Pagotti
TTUHSC President's Awards
Surgic, LLC: The next major step in medical education technology for future health care providers
and academic institutions.
CEO Founder – Travis Reiss
Culturally Informed Pain Diagnosis and Relief (CIPDAR): A company that develops digital health diagnostic technology, providing a multilingual,
multimodal and multidimensional pain assessment and management tool that is easily
accessible to patients from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, especially
those with low English proficiency.
CEO Founder – Shin Ye Kim
Business Planning System (BPS): A company changing the way business plans are written to obtain financing for early-stage
bio-medical startups with limited financial and business experience.
CEO Founder – Tracy Shea