An Ecosystem Supporting Entrepreneurs

SBIR relies on the participation of federal agencies, support organizations, and entrepreneurs around the country.

The SBIR Innovation Ecosystem

Current Awardees

Explore our various innovation partnerships across the US.

Innovation Ecosystem Programs


The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) supports innovation-focused entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) with programs to speed the launch, growth, and scale of deep-tech small businesses across the country with a focus on spurring investment in underrepresented communities.


The Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program provides funding to organizations to execute state/regional programs that increase the number of SBIR/STTR proposals leading to an increase in the number of SBIR/STTR awards from women, socially/economically disadvantaged individuals, and small businesses in underrepresented areas - typically rural states.

Program Spotlight

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is a higher-education-based economic development program that assists entrepreneurs, both new and seasoned, with every aspect of business creation, management, and operation.

Event Spotlight: America's Seed Fund Week

2022 America's Seed Fund Week

July 18 - July 22, 2022

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2022 America's Seed Fund Week is a virtual, collaborative outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies and the organizations that support them to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which provide over $4 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas.

2022 America's Seed Fund Week will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 7,000 new awards annually and to engage with program decision-makers.

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