The North San Diego County SBDC Technology Innovation & Commercialization Center (TICC) provides pro bono consulting to high-growth potential, highly-scalable start-up initiatives and established companies. There is no charge whatsoever for consulting support nor do advisors take any form of equity stake ownership in client companies. These companies can be in many stages: Concept, Only-Prototype Developed, Early Stage Revenue, Full Revenue, Some Degree of Profitability, or Dynamic Profitable Growth. Our distinguishing characteristic is that we will stay with you from concept founding through your planned exit.

Of the approximately 975 SBDC’s in the United States, TICC is distinguished among several dozen dispersed throughout by its concentration on technology commercialization, capital funding, and management support through to a desired exit strategy. Its senior advisors consist of Angel Investors, former C-Level Executives, University Professors or and/or Investment Bankers with backgrounds in both Fortune 500 C- or SVP-level executive roles plus founding, building, and managing start-ups through their liquidity events (exits). They understand the focus, desires, and challenges of being an entrepreneur because they have been there.

TICC provides many services in supporting and working with Entrepreneurs to help them “get to the next level.” These include (but are not limited to):

― Investor & Equity Financing Preparations
― Term Sheets, Deal Terms, Business Structure/Formation

Business Model Generation; Business Plans; Valuation Analysis

― Funding Vehicles
― Sales and Marketing Strategies; Market Analysis

Exit Strategies

Buying & Selling a Business

― Management Policies and Procedures; Operations Cost & Productivity
― Hiring and Staffing; Human Resources
― Cash and Stock Compensation for Employees, Team Members
― Board of Directors Formation, Acquisition and Compensation
― Advisory Board Creation, Utilization and Compensation;
― Governance Issues and Other Aspects of Board Meetings;
― SBIR/STTR — Policies, Procedures, Grant Applications, & University Research Alliances
― Strategic Alliances, Partnerships and Tactical Planning

Executive Coaching; Interim Management

― Referrals

TICC in collaboration with TriTech SBDC in Orange County has lead the nation of SBDCs with the largest amount of private and public funds raised by their clients per year throughout the country.


Martin Kleckner III PhD MBA (TICC Senior Advisor)
National Science Foundation I-Corps | Adjunct Faculty
Direct: (619) 892-2565 |
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