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Other NIH Proof of Concept Programs

Learn about the program and the partner institutes in each regional area.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has funded four small businesses to develop entrepreneurship education and training tools and resources to stimulate entrepreneurship, technology transfer, management, small business finance, and other skills needed to transition discoveries and technologies from the lab into commercial products in the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) states. These small businesses have partnered with academic institutions in the four IDeA regions (Central, Northeastern, Southwestern, and Western) to develop entrepreneurship resources for innovators in the region.

Learn more about these small businesses and partner institutes below:


XLerator Network – Southeast Region

Small Business Partner: XLerateHealth, LLC

Partner Institutes:

XLerator Network Website


DRIVEN Accelerator Hub - Northeast Region

Small Business Partner: Celdara Medical, LLC

Partner Institutes:

DRIVEN Website


SHARPhub - Central Region

The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub

Small Business Partner: BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting, LLC

Partner Institutes:

SHARPhub Website


ASCEND – Western Region

Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development

Small Business Partner: Vertici, LLC

Partner Institutes:

ASCEND Website