Event Registration: America's Seed Fund Road Tour - Illinois

SBA America's Seed Fund Road Tour - Illinois - July 17, 2024

Illinois Conference Center
111 St. Mary’s Road, Champaign, Illinois 61820

Hosted by the Research Park at the University of Illinois

Registration Fee: $50.00 per person
Includes breakfast and lunch meals.


America's Seed Fund Road Tour is a national outreach effort to connect innovators and entrepreneurs to non-dilutive, technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as "America's Seed Fund."

Federal Agency representatives will meet with companies attending the event to help attendees navigate over $4 billion in early-stage funding opportunities available through America's Seed Fund. Information on how to request 1:1 meetings with Federal Agency Representatives will be provided upon registration via a confirmation screen message AND a confirmation email.


Below are sessions that are typically included in the program. An updated agenda and additional event details will be accessible from the event website at https://go.illinois.edu/2024SBARoadTour.

  • One-on-one meetings with Federal Agency Representatives (up to 4 agencies, 15 minutes each)
  • Overview of America's Seed Fund
  • Reverse Pitches from Federal Agency Representatives
  • Opportunity to meet and network with Illinois innovation & entrepreneurial support organizations
  • Panels & Presentations - examples could include agency OR technology specific SBIR/STTR sessions, sessions featuring successful tech startups that received SBIR funding, Illinois SBIR/STTR Phase I Grant Match Program, venture fund programs, and Help & Support resources available through the Illinois FAST Center and other supporting agencies such as NSF I-Corps, United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), and Illinois Small Business Administration (SBA).

Questions about the Illinois Road Tour Event may be directed to road-tour@lists.illinois.edu.

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