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About Montana Technology Innovation Partnership


MTIP is driven by six objectives:

  • To offer technical assistance for SBIR and STTR proposals
  • To assist businesses in securing seed capital for research and development
  • To provide educational opportunities that target Montana's technology-based businesses and service providers
  • To identify and guide businesses to appropriate local and national resources - technical, business, financial or university
  • To deliver result- oriented services to help technology-based businesses achieve personal commercialization goals
  • To complement, not duplicate, the services of other service providers



Staff and Counselors


Christie BellChristie Bell, MTIP Counselor

MTIP registered clients receive one-on-one technical assistance in one or more specialties related to innovation and high-technology development from counselors at Christie Bell Incorporated® (CBI). CBI professionals focus on a highly customized approach with each participating company to develop its critical awareness, understanding and abilities vital to achieving market entry. Specifically, CBI counselors work extensively with small technology-focused companies interested in proposal development, market and demographic research, in addition to support for intellectual property and commercialization planning. CBI team member’s primary focus is assessing client SBIR/STTR eligibility, identifying R&D funding opportunities, and client/service/partner matchmaking. Christie Bell, President of CBI is chief counselor to the MTIP Program. She is supported by Marti Elder, CLP.



History of MTIP

In 1999, Montana Department of Commerce applied for and won a grant from the Small Business Administration to start the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Program. The SBIR Program launched its operations in 2000. The goal of this program was to increase the competitive advantage of Montana companies applying for SBIR and Small Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

In 2002, the SBIR Outreach Program Manager made a recommendation to the Montana Department of Commerce to form a group of advisory council to assist the SBIR Outreach Program in statewide planning and program development. The intent was to coordinate the delivery of services, share resources when possible and draw on the knowledge and experts from Montana. The Governor's Office of Economic Development, under the Administration of Judy Martz, agreed to co-sponsor a SBIR Action Group Meeting. The meeting convened on June 27, 2002. The group later became known as the State Technology Partnership Committee (STPC).

In February 2007, the SBIR Program was officially renamed the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP). The program's name was changed in order to be capable of expanding the scope of the program's work to offer technical assistance to non-SBIR clients.

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