Diane Hickey, SBIR/STTR Program Dir America's Seed Fund National Science FoundationTrack 7 FUNDING/RESOURCES FOR DEVS
SBIR/STTR Program Director
National Science Foundation
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WE INVEST UP TO $2 MILLION IN SEED FUNDING. AND TAKE ZERO EQUITY. America's Seed Fund, the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovative Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Research programs. For 40 years, America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF has helped startups and small businesses transform their ideas into marketable products and services. We focus on high-risk, high-impact technologies — those that show promise but whose success hasn’t yet been validated — and each year, we award $200 million in funding to entrepreneurs across the country. Our goals are to foster innovation and help create businesses and jobs in the United States, and companies seed funded by our program have since gone on to tremendous success. We are a congressionally mandated program — Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR).
During this presentation, Dr. Hickey will provide an overview of the program, define what qualifies as a small business, explain the process for applying to the program and provide general guidelines around submission. Throughout the talk, small business awardees will be highlighted as well as their path and direction. There should be time for audience questions.
Program Director Dr. Diane Hickey will have an interactive conversation with two recent NSF SBIR program recipients about their experience with the program, why they chose to apply and what it has meant to their company and their future success.