Connecting Communities to the U.S. Federal Innovation Ecosystem During GEW
13 Nov 2020

Curious how ecosystem builders and communities can connect to the U.S. Federal innovation ecosystem? Join us on Tuesday, November 17th at 2 pm ET to break down the basics of the Lab-to-Market landscape.

Taking research from experiments in the lab to solutions in the marketplace involves complex interactions of institutions, people, and resources to develop and commercialize technology. The U.S. government is a major player in the R&D innovation ecosystem, but it’s no surprise entrepreneurs often miss out on available Federal resources. Challenges navigating the large number of changing programs can keep many promising ideas from reaching their full potential.

During Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Office of Innovation and Technology will be leading an introductory conversation on connectivity and coordination across R&D innovation ecosystems – pieces even more critical today to support recovery from COVID-19 impacts on high growth and deep tech startups.

Key webinar topics include:

SBA supports the innovation-focused entrepreneur ecosystem by coordinating the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, also known as America’s Seed Fund. The programs provide $4 billion in early stage funding to over 5,000 small businesses each year in a wide variety of high impact, deep technology areas. SBA also funds organizations to build and support the pipeline of applicants: the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Program and the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.

SBA is not in this alone, but happens to be a voice for small businesses on the Lab-to-Market (L2M) subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on the Science and Technology Enterprise.  The committee includes a focus on the Lab-to-Market Cross Agency Priority (L2M CAP) goal, which seeks to improve the transition of Federally-funded R&D from the laboratory to the marketplace.

A diversity of federal agencies serve as investors and supporters of innovative tools and services for technology transfer. Key strategies include increasing engagement with private sector technology development experts and ecosystem builders. On Tuesday’s webinar, you’ll also hear from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on how they lead and guide interagency collaboration.

Ensuring that access to resources and capital are available to all Americans is essential in creating a robust and dynamic workforce with inclusive growth – guaranteeing the benefits of entrepreneurship accrue across the nation.  We want to see the technology transfer and R&D innovation communities make the most of their potential and shape the future in the COVID-19 environment.

Ellen Erickson

Director for U.S. Ecosystems | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Ellen is the Director for U.S. Ecosystems with the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Her primary responsibilities include supporting the… More