AF3 Receives Funding From the FAA
Published By: The Delaware SBDC
Located in Bear, Delaware, small startup AF3 patented a clean replacement for toxic and cancer-causing firefighting foam. This sugar-based formulation (A-zero-F®) is completely benign and has no adverse effect on people or the environment – the product is so safe, it’s drinkable!
While we’ve all recently celebrated Earth Day, this sustainability-focused venture is an exciting example of how innovation and entrepreneurship go hand-in-hand to make a real impact. AF3 had the recent success of receiving funding from the FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration, to develop a firefighting foam that will replace current toxic foam in all US airports.
“Delaware SBDC afforded us the ability to gain business knowledge and resources we needed to continue our ascent.” – AF3
Their startup’s technical strengths helped them reach the summit of a successful R&D and IP stage, but the climb had just begun. They needed help navigating unfamiliar and complex paths to market. The Delaware SBDC staff were instrumental in providing training, motivation, and vision for AF3 to attain its business goals. Their SBDC advisor, Robert Rausch, was invaluable in creating a business plan and financial projections. The Small Business Development Center also guided them through the process of obtaining funding. The summer cohort program provided training in business development and strategy, and a forum to create and practice a successful pitch presentation.
“The Delaware SBDC staff shared in our desire to succeed. They dedicated their time and talent as if they were members of our team.” – AF3
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