America's Largest Seed Fund is Coming to Tucson, Arizona! If you're an Innovator, Entrepreneur, Researcher, or Small Technology Firm, don't miss this opportunity! Gain an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, meet one-on-one with high-level decision makers and connect with local support resources.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a 16-stop road tour across the U.S. to connect 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 Largest Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs focus on next-generation research & development (R&D) and is led by the SBA with 11 participating federal agencies.
Every SBIR Road Tour stop represents a coveted opportunity to meet directly with Federal Program Managers who seed a wide spectrum of innovative ideas, while learning about the state's innovation support infrastructure. 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 5,000 new awards annually, which allow innovators to advance new technologies and have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs. The SBIR Road Show Tour stops in only a few states in the Southwest: Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. We would like California residents to have an opportunity to attend as well.