January 23, 2024

SBA: America’s Seed Fund Week and Road Tour Announced

Nationwide Events Connect Entrepreneurs With SBIR/STTR Funding Agencies That Support Cutting-Edge Technology Development

Today, Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s more than 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, kicked off America’s Seed Fund Weekwith remarks highlighting the upcoming 2024 Seed Fund Road Tour as well as the critical role small businesses play in expanding technological innovation across the nation. 

America’s Seed Fund Week is a virtual three-day event series from Jan. 23-25 and will be followed by America’s Seed Fund Road Tour, traveling to 16 states and territories later in the year. These events connect innovators and entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early-stage technology funding opportunities, America’s Seed Fund.Fostering innovation and increasing our nation’s global competitiveness while promoting small business growth are crucial pillars of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Investing in America agenda.  

“America relies on ingenuity to develop critical technologies and create the industries of the future, and we need all great ideas and inventions to propel our global leadership. This is a remarkable time to start up in this country – under the Biden-Harris Administration, we are Investing in America, research and development, advanced manufacturing, clean energy, and more, said Administrator Guzman in her remarks. “President Biden believes that America is about possibilities. And he’s fighting to ensure American ingenuity and innovation can power our economy and our nation forward.” 

2024 America’s Seed Fund Week Highlights  

America’s Seed Fund Week is free and open to the public. Interested individuals may get event information and register to view the main stage events by visiting: www.americasseedfund.us/america-s-seed-fund-week. The main stage will be recorded for all three days and available on the SBA’s YouTube channel for viewing after the event.

America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort that conveys the technology funding opportunities provided through America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. This year, each in-person Road Tour stop is hosted by SBA’s Federal And State Technology (FAST) Partners, who serve as navigators for America’s Seed Fund in their regions.

“America’s Seed Fund Road Tour plays an important role in educating and encouraging entrepreneurs, many of whom are historically underrepresented in America’s innovation economy, to access federal resources available through the SBIR/STTR programs and support the mission of scientific excellence and technological innovation to build a thriving and secure American economy,” said Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation Bailey DeVries.

America’s Seed Fund Week will feature virtual panels, presentations, and breakout sessions that bring together program participants with federal agency SBIR/STTR program managers and resource providers to help navigate the funding opportunities through America’s Seed Fund. 

2024 In-Person Road Tour Schedule

2024 Road Tour Coastal 

2024 Road Tour South 

2024 Road Tour Southeast

2024 Road Tour Great Lakes 

For details on each tour and stops, please visit www.americasseedfund.us/road-tour.

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