The recipient of an award or participant in a cooperative agreement under section 657d of this title may use a reasonable amount of such assistance for the establishment of a Mentoring Network under this section.
15 U.S. Code § 657e - Mentoring Networks
(a) FindingsCongress finds that—
the SBIR and STTR programs create jobs, increase capacity for technological innovation, and boost international competitiveness;
increasing the quantity of applications from all States to the SBIR and STTR programs would enhance competition for such awards and the quality of the completed projects; and
(b) Authorization for Mentoring Networks
(c) Criteria for Mentoring NetworksA Mentoring Network established using assistance under section 657d of this title shall—
(2) identify volunteer mentors who—
are persons associated with a small business concern that has successfully completed one or more SBIR or STTR funding agreements; and
(B) have agreed to guide small business concerns through all stages of the SBIR or STTR program process, including providing assistance relating to—
have experience working with small business concerns participating in the SBIR and STTR programs;
(d) Mentoring databaseThe Administrator shall—
include in the database required by section 638(k)(1) of this title, in cooperation with the SBIR, STTR, and FAST programs, information on Mentoring Networks and mentors participating under this section, including a description of their areas of expertise;
take such action as may be necessary to aggressively promote Mentoring Networks under this section; and
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