The SBIR Road Tour is Coming to Athens on September 17!

2020 SBIR Road Tour

Registration is now open for the SBIR Road Tour, a national outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the SBIR/STTR programs. The SBIR Road Tour provides an excellent opportunity for small businesses, innovators, researchers, entrepreneurs and technology companies to connect directly with SBIR/STTR program managers representing more than a dozen different federal agencies. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs provide over $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas. Program managers from the participating federal agencies will conduct one-on-one meetings with small businesses, take part in targeted panels, discuss technology areas, and share insights into how the agencies make funding decisions.

Location & Date

Thursday, September 17, 2020

7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The Classic Center

300 N Thomas Street

Athens, GA 30601


$20 registration fee includes light breakfast and a boxed lunch.

Agenda & Schedule

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.               Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:30 – 1:00 p.m                SBIR/STTR Federal Agency Presentations and Panel Sessions

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.               Welcome Remarks

8:45 – 9:25 a.m.               America’s Seed Fund – SBIR/STTR Overview, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

9:00 – 1:00 p.m.               One-on-One Meetings*

9:25 – 9:40 a.m.               Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)

9:40 – 10:35 a.m.              Reverse Pitches – 5 Minute Agency Elevator Pitch

10:35 – 11:15 a.m.             Flexible Funding Opportunities: The Granting Agencies

11:15 – 11:35 a.m.             U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

11:35 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.        Surprising Opportunities with DoD and NASA

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Inside the Head of an Elevator: Common Mistakes

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          Working Lunch

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.          SBIR/STTR Success Stories Panel

*One-on-One sessions run concurrently with agency presentations and panels. Agenda subject to change.

Invited Agencies

  • Department of Defense – Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Department of Defense – Missile Defense Agency (MDA)
  • Department of Defense – Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD SBIR/STTR)
  • Department of Defense – Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCOR)
  • Department of Defense – Navy (DON)
  • Department of Defense – U.S. Air Force (USAF)
  • Department of Defense – Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC)
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 

One-on-One Meeting Request Process

Registration for the one-on-one meeting request process will open on Friday, July 31. Conference registrants will receive a unique link allowing them direct access to the SBA scheduler system to select meetings. Registrants should add to their safe e-mail sender list to ensure that communications are not filtered into spam or junk. Each registrant can select up to four meetings per company. The meeting schedule will be confirmed a week prior to the road tour event. 

All meeting participants are required to complete the following quad chart: Quad Chart Template.pptx The quad chart, also known as the SBIR elevator pitch, is designed to offer a brief introduction to your technology and capture the attention of your audience.

Conference registrants should receive an e-mail from within two weeks of registering to select their one-on-one meetings. 

SBIR/STTR Resources & Tutorials

To help prepare for the one-on-one meetings, attendees are encouraged to go through the following training: