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What is ARC WA?

Founded in 2022, the Accelerating Research Commercialization – Washington (ARC WA) program serves early-stage firms developing novel innovative products or technology that might be of interest to a federal agency. We can  help by connecting you to resources and funding via the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs .


.Learn more  about the SBIR program here

about the advisors

ARC WA is a partnership between Life Science Washington Institute and the Washington APEX Accelerator.  The advisors who provide the training and individual advisement are: 

Rich Giersch, ARC WA Program Director:  Over the past 20 years Rich has developed and led SBIR/STTR workshops and bootcamps, advised on  proposals resulting in over $20 million dollars in SBIR/STTR awards, and was the PI on a $3.5 million 3-year STTR award that is a partnership of 24 universities and a small business that built a commercialization ecosystem in the Southeast U.S. Rich is the Executive Director of the Life Science Washington Institutes and excels in the STTR program. 

Rich can be reached at

Kate Hoy, ARC WA Program Manager:   Kate has been advising small businesses on business development for the past 30 years.  For the past decade she has been specifically advising small businesses on how to navigate government contracting.  Kate has advised on SBIR proposals over the past 4 years resulting in over $30 million dollars in awards.   Kate currently is the SBIR Program Director  for the Washington APEX Accelerator. Kate is able to provide guidance on any SBIR program as well as connections to  resources. 

Kate can be reached at

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