Success Stories

The SV SBDC is proud to play a part in the success of client companies.  Yours could be next!

text-based image: in left half, a screen like an iPad shows the floorplan of a building with complex layout; in the right half, text that reads,"one minute quicker emergency resonse time saves ten thousand lives in USA" is superimposed over the sepia-toned image of a firefighter in heavy gear carrying a young girl.





is a hardware and software solution for real-time, visual, and infrastructure-free location intelligence that cuts the emergency mission time by 35% to 65%, helping to save lives and properties. They sought help from the Silicon Valley SBDC to find a realistic, challenging public building setting in which to test their solution for a NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) sponsored first responder tracking challenge.

The SBDC connected the company with the Dean and Associate Dean of Innovation and Resource Management at San José State University’s King Library, who made the facility available for the test. 

NavigateIO was able to demonstrate that their solution works in the intricate setting of the library's 8-story structure with multiple obstructions. The company was one of ten Phase Three award-winning teams for the FRST Challenge and also won one of the top two “Judges’ Special Recognition Awards”. NavitgateIO is moving on to Phase 4 of the competition.

Man dressed in military attire presents to people at a table at the Department of Defense

Silicon Valley SBDC helped Geoffrey Mershon, CEO of Unify Point, Inc., present his plan to DISA at Joint Force Headquarters of the DoD. UnifyPoint's software helps automate predictive maintenance and other proactive empowerment. UnifyPoint received first-round SBIR grants of $490,000, with more to come. 

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