The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National SBIR Road Tour is coming to Boulder, Colorado, on August 16, 2019, as part of a 16-stop tour 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 Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs focus on next-generation research & development 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 business owners wherever they are,” John Williams, SBA Director of Innovation said. “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.
The stop in Boulder, Colorado will be hosted by the Boulder Small Business Development Center and Colorado SBDC TechSource at UCAR Center Green Campus. Program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct one-on-one meetings with small businesses, 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 5,000 new awards annually, which allow innovators to advance new technologies and have contributed to the creation of thousands of jobs.
Women- and minority-owned technology companies/entrepreneurs (prestartup) throughout Colorado and any tech company/entrepreneur based in rural Colorado may be eligible for a scholarship to cover the cost of the event.