How We Help
The BTBC supports promising tech companies in three primary ways:
Provide Highly Specialized Space
We provide modern physical space in which to conduct business. This includes customizing laboratory and office space to tenant companies’ specifications, accommodating highly individualized needs including security, equipment, privacy, and functionality.
Offer Value-Added Business Services
Our team draws on extensive startup and technology business experience to provide tenant companies with knowledgeable guidance and counsel. Acting as entrepreneurs in residence, members of the BTBC provide independent perspectives and insights to help businesses and entrepreneurs succeed. Additionally, BTBC also manages a Business Analyst Intern Program, employing KU’s most promising MBA students to assist tenant companies with various projects through hands on engagement.
￼Enable Crucial Relationships
The BTBC facilitates key relationships and exchanges between our tenant companies and thought leaders from KU and the local community. We strive to understand our tenant companies’ businesses, so we can identify which individuals in our network can best provide value. After pinpointing critical needs, we form strategic connections between our tenant companies and highly respected KU researchers for collaborative opportunities, local government officials who can identify economic incentives, and professional service providers who can handle key operations—freeing our clients to focus on growth.
Located on the West Campus of KU, the 51,400-square-foot BTBC Main Facility offers excellent lab space and close proximity to other prominent technology and bioscience research buildings.
Building the Future
The BTBC Main Facility is situated on KU’s West Campus among university buildings dedicated to the life sciences. It’s unique location, with surrounding land yet to be developed, makes an ideal setting for a university technology park.
The Center of Advancement
With more than 20,000 square feet of lab and office space found on the campus of the Kansas University Medical Center, the BTBC-KUMC Facility offers companies a premier location in which to grow.
The BTBC West Facility sits a few blocks from the KU campus and offers technology companies 17,500 square feet of GMP-capable space.
Who We Help
The BTBC focuses on helping companies with high potential in the areas of technology and biosciences. Under the right conditions and with the right help, companies in these industries typically grow and scale quickly, establishing high-quality, high-paying jobs that maximize the impact on the local economy and create wealth for the community.
Medical & Life Sciences
KU boasts a brilliant faculty and ranks first in grant money received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). KU’s School of Pharmacy also ranks second nationally among universities receiving money from the NIH for novel research. Leveraging long-established relationships, the BTBC connects tenant companies and KU faculty in strategic partnerships to further develop key technologies.
Software & Hardware
The BTBC currently provides support for eight tenant companies that are commercializing innovative new technologies within the software and hardware space for healthcare, navigation, business, and science. By working with companies that meet the rising demand for innovative software and hardware products, the BTBC helps shape the future of the tech industry.
Energy & Chemicals
KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC) provides opportunities for private sector collaborations in the area of traditional energy and alternative fuel development. Recently, the CEBC was awarded a 4-year, $4 million federal grant for research in safer chemical manufacturing processes. The BTBC strives to help our tenant companies join these research efforts.
Although the majority of the BTBC tenant companies are commercializing technologies in energy, drug development, healthcare, software and hardware, and consumer goods, each physical space at the BTBC is customizable for highly specialized needs. This flexibility has led to a tenant company roster that includes several companies making rapid progress in bringing other novel technologies to market.
The Catalyst is a partnership between the KU School of Business and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center and provides an opportunity for entrepreneurially-minded KU students to create and build their own companies. If accepted into the program, students have access to the following resources:
Space: Access to modern, innovative, and flexible workspace, conference rooms, team meeting rooms, and other shared BTBC amenities.
Mentoring: Guidance and counsel is provided by successful entrepreneurs and university staff to provide real world experience and avoid typical startup challenges.
Education: Startups teams will adopt Lean LaunchPad methodology which will provide experiential learning, customer validation, and reduce the amount of seed capital required.
Prototyping: Modeling capabilities will be outsourced to KU’s School of Engineering and School of Design which have prototyping equipment and capacity. Advanced Manufacturing Institute at Kansas State University is also available, along with local model development firms.
Access to Capital: Catalyst companies will have access to a variety of capital sources including the Intercollegiate Business Plan Competition, grant preparation and proposal preparation assistance, and local angel investment groups.