U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) National SBIR Road Tour visited Boulder, Colorado, 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.
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 Boulder Small Business Development Center and Colorado SBDC TechSource at UCAR Center Green Campus hosted this event. Program managers from the participating federal agencies will conducted one-on-one meetings with small businesses.
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.