Millersville Software Productization Center announces Request for Qualifications for interested individuals/companies

From: John C.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 4:30 PM
Contact  Dr. Stephanie ElzerPhone:  [masked]Email:  [address removed]
Request for Qualifications
(Millersville, PA, March 12) Do you have a great software business idea? The Software Productization Center (SPC) at Millersville University can help you take that software idea from concept to marketable product.
Individuals or young companies in South Central Pennsylvania seeking to build a marketable software product can turn to the SPC for a unique economic development opportunity that will assist the growth of entrepreneurial software ideas into a prototype fit for venture capitalists or for the marketplace.  
Applications for entrepreneurs interested in working with the SPC during Summer and Fall 2012 are available on the SPC website at www.millersville.edu/spc .  The project selected for development can receive assistance with market research, technical implementation of a working prototype of the software, development of business and marketing plans for the product’s launch, and branding and packaging design. 
The SPC at Millersville provides emerging software businesses within the Central Pennsylvania region with assistance in advancing software products from concept to marketable product.   Millersville University students and faculty from Computer Science, Art/Design, Business, and Communication will offer expertise to help selected entrepreneurs or businesses move software ideas from concept to prototype.  
Thus far, the SPC has successfully completed collaborations with both Cruzstar and WorkXpress, MRG Power Laboratories, Runoff Studios, and Haydenfilms. These successful projects demonstrate the breadth of the expertise available through the SPC, including software development, graphic design and the ability to generate both traditional and e-marketing tactics. Participating companies attribute the following to their collaboration with the SPC: 
  • over $100,000 in sales
  • $100,000 in cost savings
  • $80,000 in new financing oppor¬tunities

The application process consists of two stages.  First, potential applicants must complete a Request for Qualification due Monday, April 2, 2012.  The faculty steering committee and the SPC community advisory board will select the top candidates to complete the second stage of the process, the Request for Proposals. 
Eligible software concepts are those that are designed to generate revenue from sales of the software.  Individuals, startup businesses with fewer than five employees in operation for less than two years, and small businesses seeking to develop a new software product are eligible to apply for assistance. Applicants must be located in Lancaster, Lebanon, Dauphin, Cumberland, York, or Berks County.
Interested applicants should visit the website for the Software Productization Center at Millersville University at:  www.millersville.edu/spc  to download application forms. Questions may be sent to via email to [address removed].###

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