The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) plays a substantial role in the Federal Lab-to-Market ecosystem, serving as the hub of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs – also known as America’s Seed Fund. These highly competitive programs encourage domestic small businesses with the potential for commercialization to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R&D) and are an important resource for a wide-range of researchers, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and startups working on big ideas.
America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo enables entrepreneurs with technology developed through the SBIR/STTR programs an opportunity to present their innovative ventures to leading members of the broader innovation ecosystem and the American Public.
- To showcase innovative small businesses supported by America’s Seed Fund
- To connect these startups with resources that enable their ability to scale, grow, and thrive
- To raise public awareness for commercialization of critical innovation necessary for continued competitiveness in the global marketplace
- To amplify and support entrepreneurship that creates jobs and drives forward the U.S. economy
The inaugural America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo will be a virtual event on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, from 12:30 - 4:30 PM EDT. The half day will include the winning presentations from up to 12 small businesses utilizing SBIR/STTR derived innovation and moderated discussions on AgTech and Food Security, Climate and Energy, National Security and Defense, and Supply Chain Resiliency.
Registration details will be available on this page in early April; the event is open to the public.