America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as “America’s Seed Fund”.
Federal Agency representatives have been invited to attend a series of events that bring together local and national innovation ecosystems to help attendees navigate over $4 billion in early-stage funding opportunities through America’s Seed Fund.
Announcing the 2024 Road Tours
Learn more about each stop below.
America's Seed Fund Week/2024 Road Tour Virtual
January 23 - 25
America's Seed Fund Week kicks off our 2024 Road Tour with a free and virtual opportunity for startups and small businesses to learn about the $4 billion non-dilutive funding available through SBIR/STTR programs.
Learn about how resources of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Federal Lab Consortium (FLC), the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and FAST may be part of your journey.
Panelists: USPTO, FLC, MBDA, FAST Partner
10:05 - 10:44 AM Flexible Funding - The Granting Agencies
Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the unique aspects guiding the SBIR agencies that use grants as the funding vehicle. Topics: identifying agency focus, investigator-initiated projects, application/evaluation processes, contacting the agency, and the importance of commercialization strategy.
Panelists: NSF, NIH, USDA, NIST
10:45 - 11:24 AM Comprehensive Interests - The DoD
Panel discussion with Program Managers highlighting the breadth of interest across the DoD. The DoD accounts for almost half of the SBIR/STTR award dollars each year. Topics: topic selection, proposal assistance, evaluation process, DoD as an investigator, data rights, and DoD as a customer, transitioning to Phase III.
Panelists: AFWERX, JSTO-CBD, SOCOM, NAVY
11:25 AM - 12:05 PM Inside the Head of an Evaluator
Panel discussion with Program Managers about preparing a competitive proposal. Topics: criteria used in the evaluation process, common myth-busting, developing a realistic work plan, and how to use the feedback.
Panelists: DOE, DHS, USDA, NOAA
12:15 PM Federal Agency representatives board the bus
WHO WILL BE THERE
Meet the participating Federal Agency representatives and America's Seed Fund Road Tour - Midwest team below!
To prepare for one-on-one meetings with Program Managers during America's Seed Fund Road Tour, you'll need to prepare a Quad Chart.
Completing a Quad Chart
To prepare for one-on-one meetings with Agency representatives during America's Seed Fund Road Tour, you'll need to prepare a Quad Chart. Review this Completing a Quad Chart video for guidance.
Please reach out to your state's Host for guidance!
ROAD TOUR HISTORY & HIGHLIGHTS
Between 2015 and 2019, America’s Seed Fund Road Tour visited every state and Puerto Rico - mostly traveling by bus between stops, with virtual events held between 2020 and 2022. In July 2023, Road Tour Midwest took place and was the first in-person event since 2019. This year, America's Seed Fund Week/Road Tour Virtual kicks off the 2024 Road Tour.
As part of America’s Seed Fund Road Tour, local Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partnerscoordinate with SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation and SBA Field Offices to host each stop and programming throughout the day. Federal agency representatives representing the 11 SBIR and STTR funding agencies, as well as organizations that provide resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses, travel to each stop along the tour in a meeting of local and national innovation ecosystems.
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.