SBA Launches Inaugural America’s Seed Fund Expo Competition for Small Businesses, Startups and Inventors

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the launch of America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022, a new initiative aimed at identifying innovative startups and supporting them with resources to help them scale, grow, and thrive. This competition comes in the midst of a historic economic recovery and record growth in new business applications as American entrepreneurs continue to start and grow their businesses and startups.

“Every day, in communities across America, entrepreneurs are advancing innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing challenges. The SBA is committed to helping ensure that those good ideas from everywhere and anywhere connect to federally-supported ecosystems and partners to commercialize and grow into resilient American businesses,” said Administrator Guzman. “With the launch of SBA’s first America’s Seed Fund Expo, we will showcase exceptional entrepreneurs who have leveraged federal R&D funding in key industries and highlight the resources to advance these game-changing innovations right here in America.”

America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022 will:

  • Provide broad exposure for innovative small business startups to nationwide innovation networks and local ecosystems across America;
  • Provide a platform for connecting innovative startups 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 & 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 giants of future industries so often start as small business startups with big ideas. We know the public and private sectors must work together to nurture these small businesses with big ideas over many years so they may sustain and grow. America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo will lift up big ideas and provide a platform for our national innovation community to support the businesses of tomorrow,” said Associate Administrator DeVries.

How to Apply

The SBA is now seeking applications for companies to present at the inaugural competition, providing a new and notable opportunity for entrepreneurs that have developed technology through the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs to raise their profiles and grow their networks — a critical element for small business startup success. Competition rules, requirements, and additional information can be found here.

Submission period: Now – April 22, 2022

Winners to Be Announced: May 2022

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