About Urban Venture Group (UVG)

UVG Experience

UVG has over 140 combined years of experience working with federal, state, and local granting agencies. We offer practical, market-facing guidance to research organizations and tech transfer offices to accelerate value creation.

The UVG Approach

For each customer, UVG forms a custom-tailored team including UVG core consultants and subject matter experts (SMEs). The UVG core team has over 140 combined years in funding and entrepreneurial experience. We leverage our national network of SMEs to provide deep subject insight to our clients. 

UVG's flexible approach makes us responsive, scalable, and cost-effective.

UVG Values

UVG was founded to help our clients make a difference with new innovations and research. Our values are core to our business, and guide how we work every day: 

  • Focus on the Client
  • Deliver Value
  • Commit to Quality
  • Protect Proprietary Information
  • Act Ethically

Meet the UVG Team

Burr Zimmerman, PhD

Building on his experience in medical device and therapeutic industries, Burr founded UVG to meet the early-stage capital needs of technology developers. Burr engages clients and seeks deep understanding of your needs and goals. Burr provides leadership, management, and strategy for UVG clients.

Paula Stephenson, PhD

Paula has over 35 years of experience in writing and managing technical proposals. She specializes in university and non-profit clients, and diverse, collaborative proposals. Paula's lengthy track record of success spans science, engineering, training, education, and more.  

Kelly Jenkins, PMP

Kelly provides post-award support specializing in DHS and DoD programs. He has over 25 years of experience as a requirements-oriented Program and Contract Management professional. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Earned Value subject matter expert (SME).  

Phillip Smith, PhD

Phil provides pre-award strategy, proposal development, and post-award management support. He specializes in in large, diverse organizations. He focuses on process, cross-organization buy-in, and customer relationships. 

Deidre Torrey

Deidre is a dynamic proposal writer and manager, with over 10 years experience developing funding strategies for industry, university, and non-profit clients. She has diverse experience ranging from health to energy to infrastructure. 

David Brownstein

Dave is the co-founder of UVG, and a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful exits. With training in mathematics and computer science, Dave brings strategic focus and data-driven decision making. 

Keith Jenkins, MBA

Keith supports UVG clients in market research and analysis, metrics, and reporting. Keith has 15+ years of experience in public and private innovation, including tech-based economic development, market research, and data analysis. 

Katie Repsher

Katie provides pre- and post-award budget development, proposal development, compliance, and market research. Katie has a diverse skillset including data analysis, business analysis, project management, and writing. 

Industries Served

Health and Biotechnology

 Medical devices, diagnostic tools, research tools, therapeutics, biomarkers 


High performance and lightweight materials: 

Polymers, composites; Metals; ceramics; Coatings; Biomaterials; nanomaterials.  


Batteries, wind, solar, biofuels, grid storage, smart grid 


Advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing, energy efficiency.