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Media Advisory 18-006

Nearly 300 NSF-funded small businesses to demonstrate emerging technologies

Media invited to attend technology showcase in Atlanta


Emerging research in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the Internet of Things and more.

May 31, 2018

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Small businesses with awards from America's Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation, will demonstrate their cutting-edge, emerging technology June 4-5 in Atlanta.

Inventors and representatives from approximately 300 U.S.-based, NSF-funded small businesses will be available at the Technology Showcase to talk about what's next in fields like artificial intelligence, advanced manufacturing, sensors and medical devices.

Each of the companies has received at least $1 million in NSF research and development funding to move their discovery out of the lab and into the market. Get an idea of the companies and technologies that NSF funds by watching videos from some of last year's attendees. Detailed information on each company and its technology is available on the conference website.

NSF awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses through America's Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. This program transforms scientific discovery into products and services that have commercial and societal impact. Tech giants such as Symantec, Qualcomm and IntraLase developed their core technology with research and development funding from America's Seed Fund at NSF.

This year's conference is co-located with the Innovation Research Interchange (IRI) Annual Conference, which will bring together more than 300 thought leaders from 163 ground-breaking companies. Speakers such as Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist at Facebook, Chantrelle Nielson, director of research and strategy at Microsoft, and Jason Wild, vice president of strategic innovation at Salesforce, will join a faculty of more than 40 global innovators from the most forward-thinking companies in the world to share best practices and innovative strategies.


What: See what's coming in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, the Internet of Things, materials science, information technology, educational technology, synthetic biology and more by talking to 300 NSF-funded small businesses.

When: Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Where Atrium Ballroom, Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Interested media please contact Sarah Bates at or (703) 292-7738 to attend.


Media Contacts
Sarah Bates, NSF, (703) 292-7738, email:

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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