Arnold Webster, CEO of Cyber Research and Intelligent Solutions Provider LLC (CRISP), is an innovation client at the UMW SBDC. CRISP was formed to be a cutting-edge research firm. They create products which address the risks of living in a more digitized economy. Recently Mr. Webster’s company was accepted into the Virginia SBDC Network’s Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP). This program assists Virginia companies in developing technologies and getting innovation to validated markets.
The UMW SBDC helps clients complete the application process which includes a detailed product description. All product submissions are assessed for their viability in the market place. Mr. Webster shared, “The guidance of the University of Mary Washington SBDC in this process has been invaluable. In turn, ICAP has been extremely instrumental in the commercializing new technology with various scientists and cybersecurity subject matter experts.” Once CRISP enters the commercialization phase, they will again work with the SBDC to create a business model. Webster emphasized that “this opportunity will not only help bring jobs to the area, but will help ensure that people that rely on digital technologies will be able to do so in a more secure manner.”