SBIR Road Tour to Make Champaign-Urbana Visit in June

Categories : EnterpriseWorks, Investments, Research Park
Posted on: February 20, 2020

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until Thursday, October 22. More information is available on the SBIR Road Tour website

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today the launch of its 17-state SBIR Road Tour, which includes a stop in Champaign-Urbana on June 3-4, hosted by University of Illinois Research Park at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.

The Road Tour will connect entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to one of the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

“SBA is focused on helping small businesses grow and expand. The $4 billion in federal early stage funding is often a critical piece to maturing an entrepreneur’s research idea into a product or service. The Road Tours bring the federal managers to the entrepreneur and target areas and individuals that are underrepresented when it comes to receiving federal R&D funding,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza. “This tour reflects our continued commitment to ensure those innovators are aware of SBIR/STTR program resources.”

This will be the sixth year of the SBIR Road Tour, led by the SBA’s Office of Investment and Innovation together with 11 participating federal agencies.

More information, including a detailed agenda and registration, will be released in March.


The Midwest Tour will run from June 1-5, with stops in Omaha, NebraskaSt. Louis, MissouriChampaign-Urbana, Illinois, and Bloomington, Indiana.

The Southeast Tour will run from April 13-17, with stops in Richmond, VirginiaRaleigh/Durham, North CarolinaColumbia, South Carolina; and Atlanta/Athens, Georgia.

The Rockies Tour will run from August 10-14, with stops in Bozeman, MontanaIdaho Falls, IdahoSalt Lake City, Utah; and Laramie, Wyoming.

Finally, the Central Southern Tour will run from November 2-6, with stops in Jackson, MississippiShreveport, LouisianaDallas, TexasOklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Small technology firms, innovators, scientists or researchers seeking more information on the SBIR Road Tour, including a schedule of stops and participating agencies should visit:

For more information about SBIR/STTR programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter.

SBA coordinates the SBIR/STTR programs, also known as America’s Seed Fund, which each year provides more than $3.7 billion in early stage seed capital totaling over 5,000 awards to small businesses. Eleven participating federal government agencies announce funding opportunities as either grants or contracts to address their research and development needs. Companies supported by the SBIR/STTR programs often generate some of the most important breakthroughs each year in the U.S.  Additional information about the programs, as well as past and current topics can be found at

About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 and is a Cabinet-level agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.  The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses, and recover from disasters.  Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, the SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United StatesPuerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. To learn more about SBA, visit