Semscio is driven to offer best in business and nondilutive funding consultation services to businesses seeking to obtain funding and position their businesses for growth.


Our clients’ success is what drives us. We work to find solutions for your most pressing startup and grant funding dilemmas.

SEMSCIO, LLC was founded in October 2016 in Tarpon Springs, FL by Colleen Spiegel, Ph.D., to assist startups with SBIR/STTR consulting, market research, company strategy, R&D workplans, proposal reviews/writing, and budgets. SEMSCIO is a small disadvantaged and woman-owned business as defined by the SBA. Since the company’s inception, SEMSCIO has served 110 clients, who are primarily startup businesses. SEMSCIO operates under NAICS codes 541720 (Business research and development services), 541330 (Engineering Services), and 541715 (Mathematics research and development laboratories or services).

Areas Of Expertise
  • Research & Technology Work Plans
  • Proposal Strategy & Solution Development
  • Proposal Research & Writing
  • Proposal Reviews
  • Grant Proposal Training
  • Commercialization & Marketing Plans for Proposals
  • PhD, Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of South Florida

We have the experience to administer a comprehensive nondilutive funding program.

We dig deep to provide valuable insights for our customers. This is SEMSCIO’s strength compared with other consulting companies.

Entrepreneurship experience:Before founding SEMSCIO, Colleen founded two companies in Clearwater, FL. One of these companies was Clean Fuel Cell Energy, LLC, a profitable renewable energy business that served scientists, engineers, and professors all over the world. The website featured more than 250 pages and attracted more than 10,000 visitors per month. Clean Fuel Cell Energy distributed and manufactured a wide range of products including fuel cell stacks, materials, chemicals, catalysts, test equipment, and educational kits. Clean Fuel Cell Energy’s storefront was located in Clearwater, Florida, where it shipped its products internationally, and served more than 20 universities on a monthly basis. CFCE manufactured Teflon®-based carbon cloth, fuel cell catalyst coatings, fuel cell stacks, and electrolyzers for R&D purposes to universities and privately-held companies world-wide. Dr. Spiegel’s other company was Modern Education, LLC, which was a monthly educational newspaper that was distributed to 300 locations in the Tampa Bay area.

Employers:As an employee, Dr. Spiegel worked as a scientist and engineer worked for companies such as Bausch & Lomb, Catalent Pharma Solutions, and Draper Laboratory.nal newspaper that was distributed to 300 locations in the Tampa Bay area.

Consultant:Dr. Spiegel has been a consultant for over 130 companies during the course of her career. Over 110 of these have been directly related to helping companies with SBIR and STTR planning, strategy, reviewing, research, and writing.

Teaching experience:Dr. Spiegel has been an adjunct professor for St. Petersburg College in the Tampa Bay area since 2016 for various chemistry, physics, and engineering technology courses.

Incubator and accelerator experience:Dr. Spiegel has experienced the University of Tampa business accelerator program, the PASCO EDU business incubator program, the DawnBreaker Phase 0 program, and has been a consultant for Larta’s CAP program.

Publications:Dr. Spiegel has authored many titles including scientific and engineering textbooks: ‘Designing and Building Fuel Cells’ (McGraw-Hill, 2007), and ‘PEM Fuel Cell Modeling and Simulation Using MATLAB’ (Elsevier Science, 2008), in-depth market research books ‘Opportunities for Coal-Based Products’ (BCC Research, 2006) and Global Electronics: High Growth Products and New Markets (BCC Research, 2007), Commercial Amino Acids (BCC Research, 2008), and educational texts “Renewable Energy Science Education Book” (Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, 2009).

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