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Celebrating America's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Super Bowl LVII🏈 wasn't the only thing kicking off this weekend! Saturday, February 11th marked the start of NatlEshipWeek. NatlEshipWeek is a congressionally chartered week dedicated to empowering entrepreneurship across the United States. The annual initiative was relaunched in 2017 as NatlEshipWeek to bring together a network of partners from Maui to Miami to educate, engage, and build equitable access to America's Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.

 

Register for Upcoming Events!

This year's focus for NatlEshipWeek is on networking. Join us for several engaging sessions Monday-Friday for educators, ecosystem builders, and most importantly - entrepreneurs.

Monday, February 13 | 1-2 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and EntreEd for an entrepreneurship educators meet-up. Did you know EntreEd was one of the original founders of NatlEshipWeek?




Tuesday, February 14 | 2:30-4 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and Economic Impact Catalyst for an entrepreneurship educators meet-up. Did you know EIC's Startup Space platform is used for NatlEshipWeek?




Wednesday, February 15 | 10-5 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and 14 federal agencies for open office hours. Did you know the federal government has a wealth of resources for #entrepreneurship?




Thursday, February 16 | 1-2 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses for an informative webinar on how to determine the financial impacts of strategic decisions.




Friday, February 17 | 12-3 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and U.S. Small Business Administration affiliated coaches for guidance and coaching whether just starting or looking to scale.




 

Our 2023 Federal Office Hours Line-Up

There are a wealth of resources at the Federal level to support #entrepreneurship and #ecosystembuilding. Wednesday's Federal Agency Office Hours offer a unique opportunity to engage with agency representatives to learn about their resources, programs, and funding opportunities and ask questions! This year's schedule includes:

​Time (EST)

Agency

​10:00 AM

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)

10:30 AM

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

11:00 AM

Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

11:30 AM

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

12:00 PM

Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

12:30 PM

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services

1:00 PM

U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Investment and Innovation

1:30 PM

National Science Foundation

2:00 PM

Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of Industry Partnerships

2:30 PM

U.S. Copyright Office

3:00 PM

Delta Regional Authority

3:30 PM

NASA Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Programs

4:00 PM

Department of Energy, SBIR/STTR Programs

4:30 PM

Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

 

For more information on NatlEshipWeek, visit www.natleshipweek.org today.



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National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally chartered, annual initiative that takes place the third week of February. A network of stakeholders, including entrepreneurial educators, ecosystem builders, and most importantly – individual entrepreneurs, come together to share resources, learn from each other, and share their support for America’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

This year’s program takes place February 11-18, 2023. Recognizing that the United States’ entrepreneurship ecosystem is as rich and diverse as its population, the NatlEshipWeek team provides NatlEshipWeek Daily Themes to help stakeholders across the United States engage in programming representative of this diverse representation.

Check out NatlEshipWeek’s formal 2023 program below to register for their daily events. All events are free, virtual, and open to the public. We encourage you to share your support on social media using the hashtag #NatlEshipWeek and downloading our social tools at www.natleshipweek.org/social-tools.

 

Monday: Entrepreneurship Education Day | Educator Meetup

1:00-2:00 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (EntreEd) for an educators meet-up. We'll discuss pertinent topics to the current entrepreneurship education landscape and explore best practices for eship edu.



 

Tuesday: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Day | Ecosystem Builders Meetup

2:30-4:00 PM EST Join NatlEshipWeek and Economic Impact Catalyst for an engaging session as part of Tuesday: Entrepreneurship Ecosystems Day. The session includes a brief introductory panel and facilitated breakout conversations focused on pertinent topics to ecosystem building.


 

Wednesday: Federal Entrepreneurship Day | Agency Office Hours

Join NatlEshipWeek and our Federal agency partners for a series of 30-minute office hours. Each agency will provide a quick overview of current opportunities, then welcome facilitated questions from participants. The day's line-up includes over 10 agencies offering unprecedented access to ask questions and gain insights.


The current confirmed line-up of federal agencies is below. All times listed are in Eastern (EST).

  • 10:00 AM - Appalachian Regional Commission

  • 10:30 AM - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • 11:00 AM - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development

  • 11:30 AM - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • 12:00 PM - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation

  • 12:30 PM - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Community Economic Development

  • 1:00 PM - U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Investment and Innovation

  • 1:30 PM - National Science Foundation

  • 2:00 PM - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Office of Industry Partnerships

  • 2:30 PM - U.S. Copyright Office

  • 3:00 PM - Delta Regional Authority

  • 3:30 PM - NASA

  • 4:00 PM - U.S. Department of Energy, SBIR/STTR Programs

  • 4:30 PM - U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Please note: Registration provides access to all office hours throughout the day - you will be asked to select the agency hours you plan to attend in advance for planning purposes. You may attend as little or as many as you feel helpful!



 

Thursday: Everyday Entrepreneurs | Strategic Decision Making Training

1:00 - 2:00 PM EST

NatlEshipWeek and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses invite you to an interactive session and networking event on “Assessing the Financial Impact of Strategic Decisions”. Open to entrepreneurs across the country, join us for an educational workshop and engaging conversation.



 

Friday: SBA Day | Your Business Roadmap

12:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Join NatlEshipWeek and the U.S. Small Business Administration for a series of informative sessions on key fundamentals for your business at any stage.

12:00 PM <1 Year

1:00 PM 1-5 Years

2:00 PM 5+ Years




 

National Entrepreneurship Week was congressionally chartered in 2006 to take place annually the third week of February. It was relaunched in 2015 as NatlEshipWeek to engage communities across the United States. NatlEshipWeek 2023 will take place Feb 11-18 to engage a network of partners from Maui to Miami. For more information on NatlEshipWeek, visit www.natleshipweek.org.


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Proposals due by 5:00p.m. EST on March 13, 2023.


The submission period is open for the annual NASA SBIR and STTR Phase I solicitations! The NASA SBIR/STTR program is seeking technology ideas for space and on Earth to address NASA’s wide-ranging goals. From health care to climate change, emergency response to space exploration, and more, explore the Focus Areas in Chapter 9 of the solicitations to discover how you can make an impact on NASA and the nation.


You can receive up to $1 million in funding during your first three years. Phase I SBIR and STTR awardees will receive up to $150,000 to establish the feasibility of their technology, while Phase II awards fund up to $850,000 to help awardees and their technologies reach infusion and/or commercialization.


Not sure how the NASA SBIR/STTR program works?

The recent “Dissecting the 2023 Phase I Solicitations webinar” is a great guide for those new to NASA SBIR/STTR or those who have been unsuccessful in previous submissions. You can find a recording on the NASA SBIR/STTR Program Events page.


Need help?

If you have any questions or need support, contact the NASA SBIR/STTR Helpdesk at sbir@reisystems.com; the Helpdesk operates from 9:00am – 8:00pm ET, Monday through Friday.

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