The U.S. Small Business Administration is proud to announce that the 2023 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition (GAFC) application portal is now open! Visit the GAFC website to learn more about the competition and apply by February 24, 2023 for an opportunity to receive up to $200,000 in cash prizes for strategic ecosystem partnerships with collaborative approaches to support STEM/R&D-focused entrepreneurs and small businesses.


To facilitate relationships between entrepreneur support organizations and potential partners working on similar themes, we’re holding a series of mini-convenings each day from February 6-9, 3-4pm EST. Sign up here for the sessions you’re interested in attending.


Feb. 6: National Security and Global Competitiveness, including but not limited to National Security and Defense; International Trade; Public Health.

Feb. 7: Domestic Manufacturing and Production, including but not limited to AgTech, Food Security, and Nutrition; Supply Chain Resiliency; Critical and Resilient Infrastructure.

Feb. 8: Climate and Renewable Energy, including but not limited to Climate and Environment, Energy, and Sustainability.

Feb. 9: Under-Represented People, Places, and Themes


Visit the website and download the full competition guidelines to learn more about the submission requirements and judging criteria.

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