A series of virtual events representing a collaborative outreach effort that connects entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies and the organizations that support them to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding.
This free and virtual opportunity for small businesses to learn about non-dilutive funding available through America’s Seed Fund that awards $4 billion annually to small businesses for R&D is attended by thousands of startups, small businesses, innovators, and other members of the innovation ecosystem support system.
During America's Seed Fund Week, representatives from all 11 participating agencies and multiple additional departments were on hand to answer questions and provide further details on their programs.
Be sure to visit the Agency Resources page to access 1-Pagers that list topic areas; Reverse Pitch Slide Decks that provide details, stats, and contact information; and Reverse Pitch Videos where Program Managers pitch their programs to innovators!
America’s Seed Fund Week and Startup Expo were held together in 2023! Startup Expo isa showcase of innovative startups featuring technology developed through America’s Seed Fund. At Startup Expo 2023, some of the most innovative early companies presented their technologies and shared their experiences working with America’s Seed Fund.
Additional Community Events are hosted by FAST Awardees across the country during America's Seed Fund Week.
Show Notes and Video Replays from America's Seed Fund Week 2023
Video Replays, Show Notes, and Resource Links from the Live Sessions held during
the 2nd Annual America's Seed Fund Week 2023.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Bailey DeVries; Associate Administrator and head of the Office of Investment and Innovation; U.S. Small Business Administration, and Erick Page-Littleford; Acting Director and Program Manager, SBIR/STTR Programs, U.S. Small Business Administration, welcome attendees to the second annual America’s Seed Fund Week 2023.
Erick Page-Littleford; Acting Director and Program Manager, SBIR/STTR Programs, U.S. Small Business Administration, dives into the basics of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This 101 session is perfect for both the new and the experienced.
Below you'll find the America's Seed Fund overview presentation as well as a simple Fact Sheet. In addition, there are 11 Federal Agencies that manage America’s Seed Fund awards, and we have information about them below. Each agency funds a variety of topics, so it’s important to learn about each of them as you prepare to apply for funding!
America’s Seed Fund Week Welcome & Startup Expo 2023
See commercialized technologies from rising startups that were developed through America's Seed Fund SBIR/STTR programs! Meet and connect with 9 innovative startups who are looking for customers, innovation partners, and private investment!
Tuesday, May 16 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Learning Sessions and Panels
Join expert leadership from America’s Seed Fund for two panels focused on the basics of SBIR, how to get started, and how to understand the difference between granting and contracting agencies!
Wednesday, May 17 2:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Agency Open House
Get directly in front of the Program Managers and America’s Seed Fund decision makers! Each agency representative will give a “reverse pitch”, selling attendees on the benefits that their programs provide to small businesses. Then, Program Managers will hold Q&A sessions with attendees to help uncover challenges and discover opportunities across programs.
Thursday, May 18 2:00 - 4:00 PM EST
Learning Sessions and Panels
After today’s panels, you’ll be ready to create a more competitive proposal and have a full understanding of all available resources within your state who are here to guide you on your journey.
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Check out Highlights from 2022 America’s Seed Fund Week
2022 America's Seed Fund Week was a virtual, collaborative outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies and the organizations that support them to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which provide over $4 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.
2022 America's Seed Fund Week provided attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 7,000 new awards annually and to engage with program decision-makers.
The week may be over, but you can still take advantage of the resources provided.
1. The Video section below contains the recorded content from the 2022 America's Seed Fund Week. It's a wealth of information!
2. The Resources section below contains simple, short presentations from each federal agency that will help you navigate which SBIR programs might be the best fit for you. There are also some simple overviews of the SBIR/STTR program.
3. Sign up for important and helpful updates about the SBIR program here.
4. When you're ready to begin your SBIR/STTR journey, go to SBIR.gov.
SBA’s participation in this activity is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any other person or entity. All SBA programs and services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.