The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced it will launch a 16-stop road tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding—the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs focus on next generation research and development (R&D) and is led by the SBA with 11 participating federal agencies.
“Every year, we meet entrepreneurs from around the country looking to turn their big idea into another great American innovation story. We are committed to supporting America’s small businesses owners wherever they are,” said SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. “This tour reflects our continued commitment to ensuring that these innovators are aware of SBA’s resources to help them reach that goal.”
The SBIR Road Tour plays an important role in increasing engagement with entrepreneurial ecosystems across the country and building out greater networks to support the creation of small businesses focusing on high-impact research.
Each SBIR Road Tour stop will be hosted by a local organization involved in supporting entrepreneurs in next generation R&D. Program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct one-on-one meetings with attendees, take part in targeted panels, discuss technology areas, and share insights into how the agencies make funding decisions.
The SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3 billion in early stage funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas such as unmanned systems, advanced materials, health, cybersecurity and defense. The SBIR/STTR programs execute over 4,000 new awards annually, which allow innovators to advance new technologies and have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs.
National SBIR Road Tour schedule 2019
- The Central Plains Tour will run from May 20-24, with stops in Oklahoma City, Okla.; Kansas City, Ks.; Des Moines, Ia.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Fargo, N.D.
- The Southwest Tour will run from August 12-16, with stops in Tucson, Az.; El Paso, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; and Boulder, Colo.
- The Eastern Tour will run from September 16-20, with stops in Burlington, Vt.; Albany, N.Y.; New Brunswick, N.J.; State College, Pa.; and College Park, Md.
- To wrap up, the SBIR Road Tour will stop in Miami, Fla. on November 13 and in Puerto Rico on November 15.
Small technology firms, innovators, scientists or researchers seeking more information on the SBIR Road Tour, including a schedule of stops and participating agencies should visit www.sbirroadtour.com.
For more information about SBIR/STTR programs, visit www.sbir.gov.