Are you a small business looking for some early-stage funding? This could be it. SBIR Week in the Southeast: North Carolina is just around the corner.

Rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 14, the networking event, now virtual in the age of the coronavirus pandemic, connects entrepreneurs working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early stage funding – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

The programs are a highly competitive United States Government non-dilutive funding source, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, which provide over $3.7 billion in funding to small businesses each year in a wide variety of technology areas. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, it is intended to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development.

The North Carolina virtual event, hosted by First Flight Venture Center, will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear directly from the participating federal agency program managers that administer over 5,500 new awards annually.

There’s also a chance to meet virtually one-on-one with program decision makers on Sept.15.

Space is limited, and registration for SBIR week is required. After registration, you will receive an email with a unique link to request up to 4 one-on-one Program Manager meetings.

Deadline for meeting request submissions is Sept.8.

Participating Agencies include Defense Health Agency (DHA), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Department of Education (DoED), U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), among others.