A leap forward for wireless charging technology
After receiving Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding through the National Science Foundation, Madison-based C-Motive participated in the SBIR Advance Program, funded by the WEDC, to help the company prepare for Phase II SBIR Grant qualification. By providing funding for expense types that cannot be covered with federal SBIR Grant funds, SBIR Advance bridges gaps for companies, ensuring that their promising technologies ultimately make it to market.
A conducive environment for discoveries in Wisconsin
WEDC’S grant funding provided the necessary capital for C-Motive to build a working prototype of its C-Machine Capacitive Motor. During SBIR Advance, C-Motive shifted its focus from large wind turbines to embedding its lightweight and energy-efficient motors in existing products and technologies depending on industry need. SBIR Advance both helped C-Motive shift its focus to a safer first market and gave the company access to Lean Startup training to simplify and organize its business operations. The company’s co-founders discovered their technology—which uses nature’s electric fields, rather than the traditional wire method, to transfer electricity—during their doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the technology was patented with the help of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.