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SBA Debuting Expo to Promote Small Businesses Using SBIR/STTR Programs

  • Small Business Administration debuts America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022
  • Virtual event will showcase the SBIR/STTR programs to assist small businesses with research and development for innovative technologies
  • Small businesses participating in the program can apply to give a presentation at the event

By Dirk Langeveld

The Small Business Administration will debut an expo next month to showcase two federal research and development funding programs and raise the profile of companies that have leveraged this resource.

America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022 will run from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on May 25 as a virtual event. The SBA says the purpose of the event is to identify innovative startups, help connect them with the resources they need to scale and grow, and raise awareness of how the programs can keep the United States competitive in the global marketplace.

The expo highlights the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, which invest federal funds in the research and development of innovative technologies. The competitive programs work to assist with technological development and allow small businesses to pursue the potential commercialization of their products and services.

The event will feature moderated discussions in key industries, including agricultural technology, climate and energy, national security, and supply chain resiliency. There will also be presentations from up to 12 small businesses utilizing innovations developed through SBIR/STTR.

Qualifying businesses participating in the programs can submit an application to present at the expo through April 22. Review of the applications will begin on a rolling basis starting on April 15, and winners will be announced in May. The full set of rules and qualifications for applying is available here.

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