America’s Seed Fund Road Tour 2024

America's Seed Fun Road Tour

Wednesday, July 17
Illinois Conference Center

 111 St. Mary’s Rd, Champaign, IL 61820

The Research Park is proud to host the Illinois stop of the America’s Seed Fund 16-state Road Tour on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. This event is a unique opportunity for innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and small technology startups to explore over $4 billion in early-stage funding opportunities.

Learn more about the event on the Illinois University Incubator Network website.

What to Expect:

  • Programming: Engage in informative sessions
  • 1:1 Meetings: Connect with Federal Agency Representatives.
  • Navigate Funding: Gain insights into federal agency technology funding priorities.
  • Local Support: Connect with the FAST Center at the Research Park for resources and support.

Why Attend?

America’s Seed Fund Road Tour is an outreach effort connecting entrepreneurs to funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, known as “America’s Seed Fund.”

The FAST Center at the Research Park, led by EnterpriseWorks, provides free resources and expertise to help startups submit competitive proposals.

Registration and More Information:

Visit the event registration page to sign up for this event. Registration is $50 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. Cancellations after Sunday, June 30 may not be eligible for a refund.

If you plan to stay overnight, there will be a block at the iHotel at the Illinois Conference Center. In order to get the block rate, book your stay by Sunday, June 16 using group code ROADTOUR and password %fAc8.

Learn more on the Research Park calendar, or visit The America’s Seed Fund website for a schedule and list of participating agencies. For more information about SBIR/STTR programs, visit or follow America’s Seed Fund on Twitter.

Tour Schedule:

  • Great Lakes Tour: July 15-19 (Stops in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota)
  • Coastal Tour: February 7-9 (Stops in Florida and Puerto Rico)
  • South Tour: April 2-5 (Stops in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas)
  • Southeast Tour: May 13-17 (Stops in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia)