Green Technology Commercialization An Analysis of the EPA’s SBIR Program


William Forster, Stephen Johnston, Nicholas Peter LaJeunesse, Angelica Monica Zawada


Environmental Protection Agency


James Hanlan, David DiBiasio


October – December 2013

Project Outcomes

Final Report


The purpose of this project was to identify how the EPA SBIR program can effectively utilize its limited funding by selecting and supporting small green business entrepreneurs with the greatest potential for bringing products to market. We interviewed representatives both from companies that successfully and unsuccessfully commercialized their technologies. Our team additionally contacted managers of similar programs, including other federal agencies’ SBIR programs, a green technology accelerator, and a venture capitalist company. We also distributed an electronic questionnaire to principal investigators. From the collected data, we developed a list of recommendations for the EPA’s SBIR selection and support processes.