News: Growth Accelerator Fund Competition and Upcoming Events

Wisconsin District Office--June 12, 2021

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SBA Launches 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, Debuts SBIR Catalyst to Award over $5 Million in Prizes

SBA will award $5 million in prizes via its 6th Annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The program will recognize the nation’s most innovative organizations with inclusive approaches towards supporting entrepreneurs in research and development (R&D)

Track 1-The Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC): Prizes of $50,000 will be awarded to accelerators, incubators, and related entrepreneur programs proposing impactful assistance to STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math)/R&D entrepreneurs whose projects focus on assisting  targeted groups and supporting key policy initiatives.

NEW: Track 2- SBIR Catalyst: For the first time, seven additional prizes of $150,000 will be awarded through SBIR Catalyst to scale collaborative partnerships and build regional collaborations in support of SBIR/STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) applicants and awardees, fulfilling SBA’s mission of addressing gaps in access to the innovation economy for communities of color, women entrepreneurs, and rural communities.

Applications are due July 9Read the full announcement.

Wisconsin's IdeaAdvance Seed Fund Accepting Applications.

Ideadvance Seed Fund encourages small businesses looking to solve problems in new ways and diversify into new markets to apply by July 9.

This 12th round of money and mentorship for Wisconsin-based businesses now includes expanded eligibility and tracks for established small businesses with innovative approaches. More info

Health Care Small Business Virtual Conference June 29-30

HHS small business event

Strengthening Small Businesses: From Access to Opportunity is a virtual national conference from June 29 - June 30. This dynamic conference lineup includes small business experts from the National Institutes of Health, HUBZone, Administration of Children and Families, and the Indian Health Service, in conversation with some of the country’s top HCAs and Small Business Specialists. From interactive segments on small business development to the nuts and bolts of grant procurement, get access to insider knowledge directly from experts at every step of the entrepreneurial journey.

June 29-30

More info


Upcoming Webinars

SBA Trainings


How Employers and Business Owners Can Comply with American Rescue Plan Changes   June 23, 10 am


Resource Partner Classes


Homebuying 101 (WWBIC), June 12, 9 am 

Start, Run, and Grow Your Business (WWBIC), June 15, 6 pm

So You Want to Start a Business (WWBIC), June 16, 1 pm

The Rules of Money (WWBIC), June 17, 6 pm

Café Fuerte para Soñar: Platicas Virtuales Mensual (WWBIC), June 19, 10 am

ABC's of Business Plans (WWBIC), June 23, 1 pm

Strong Women, Strong Coffee (WWBIC), June 24, 8 am

Friday Feature: Certification (WWBIC), June 25, 1 pm

Cashflow, Cashflow, Cashflow! (WWBIC), June 30, 1 pm

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