The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced yesterday the launch of “America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022,” a new initiative aimed at identifying innovative start-ups and supporting them with resources to help them scale, grow, and thrive.
As described in the news release announcing the program, SBA wrote that the program is designed to:
- Provide broad exposure for innovative small business start-ups to nationwide innovation networks and local ecosystems across America;
- Provide a platform for connecting innovative start-ups with networks that can enable these companies to scale, grow, and thrive;
- Raise public awareness of the opportunity to commercialize critical innovation necessary for continued American competitiveness in the global marketplace; and
- Showcase American entrepreneurial ventures at the forefront of agtech, climate and energy, national security, and supply chain resiliency that are building a better America through innovation and choosing to manufacture their products at home in the U.S.
The federal agency is seeking applications from entrepreneurs who have developed technology through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs to raise their profiles and grow their networks.
Applications are due April 22, and those selected to pitch at the May 25 event will be announced in early May. Full competition rules, requirements, and additional information can be found here. Those interested in viewing the event can register at this link.