SBA American Seed Fund Week Panel

Join us at Startup Sioux Falls as we present a panel in part with SBA America's Seed Fund Week

This is a free opportunity for small businesses to learn about non-dilutive funding available through America’s Seed Fund that awards $4 billion annually to small businesses for R&D.

America's Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF SBIR/STTR) supports startups with research and development funding to create technologies.


Katherine Cota, Director of Economic Development, DSU, who will discuss how entrepreneurs identify the problem they are trying to solve and a general overview of how to conduct customer discovery.

Mel Ustad, SD EPSCoR Director, who will talk about the FAST grant and SBIR/STTR, and the Giant Vision competition.

Tom Eitreim, Executive Director, Enterprise Institute, who will talk about how an entrepreneur approaches angel funds and venture capital.

Marc Niamba, Founder of Green Light Bionics, and a SD FAST Launch participant, who will discuss his experiences as an entrepreneur.

Who Should Attend?

Entrepreneurs, startups, and small businesses based in the United States, especially those working in STEM Research & Development categories
Venture Capital and Angel Investors, especially those seeking to fund startups and small businesses working on advanced technologies
Entrepreneur Support Organizations, Economic Business Development representatives, Startup Accelerators, Business Incubators, University Entrepreneur Organizations
Corporate partnership professionals and industry leaders looking to connect with innovative small businesses
Representatives from Federal Agencies, State & Local Government, and other members across the ecosystem that support small business

Thank you to Startup Sioux Falls for generously donating their space and moderating the panel.

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