On September 19, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 16-stop road tour across the U.S. came to Penn State University Park to connect tech entrepreneurs 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.
During the tour’s stop at Penn State, innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and small technology firms gained an in-depth understanding of agency technology funding priorities, met one-on-one with high-level decision makers and connected with local support resources. Every SBIR Road Tour stop represents a coveted opportunity to meet directly with Federal Program Managers, who seed a wide spectrum of innovative ideas, and learn 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.
Below you will find direct download links for each presentation that was given, a description of the presentation, and information on the presenters: