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SBA Announces IsoTruss, Inc to Present at 2nd Annual Startup Expo

Startup Expo 2023 kicks off America’s Seed Fund Week on May 15th


Springville, UT– This year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will kick off America’s Seed Fund Week on May 15th with the 2nd annual Startup Expo– showcasing innovative small businesses developing cutting edge technologies critical for our nation’s economic prosperity, global competitiveness, and national security. This year’s Expo will highlight IsoTruss, Inc as one of 9 winning startups advancing technology supported by America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs.


“The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are essential to the success of small businesses like IsoTruss, Inc. These programs provide much-needed funding and support to help us develop and commercialize our innovations. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in these programs, and we believe that they are a vital part of the U.S. innovation ecosystem.” Marianne Clayton, Head of Research & Development and Government Funding at IsoTruss, Inc.


Entrepreneurs, small business startups, and organizations interested in learning more about IsoTruss and the impact of America’s Seed Fund are invited and welcome to participate in this free virtual event on May 15th.


America’s Seed Fund Week Kick off and Startup Expo Overview


2 – 2:30 PM ET | America’s Seed Fund Week Welcome and Opening Remarks by SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman


2:30 – 5 PM ET | America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2023

Welcome with Bailey DeVries, SBA Associate Administrator for Investment and Innovation

Fireside Chat with Bailey DeVries, SBA Associate Administrator, and Dr. Jason Rathje,  Director of the Office of Strategic Capital at the Department of Defense, on the Small Business Investment Company Critical Technology Initiative

Startup Expo spotlighting IsoTruss, Inc and other showcase winners and moderated by Helena Krusec, Strategic Engagement Lead at AFWERX;  Bob Smith, Director, SBIR/STTR Programs at the Department of the Navy; and Andy Yakulis, Director, Corporate Ventures at the Army Applications Lab

Closing Remarks


America’s Seed Fund Week and Startup Expo 2023 are virtual events. Participation is free and open to the public. For the full week’s schedule and how to register visit



About IsoTruss, Inc

IsoTruss Inc., an engineering, design, and manufacturing services provider, produces patented IsoTruss® Carbon Fiber Towers for the telecommunications, infrastructure and construction industries. IsoTruss® towers are lightweight, durable, cost-effective, corrosion-resistant, sustainable, and eco-friendly. Utilizing its family of patented, composite material grid structures, the enterprise offers additional R&D capabilities, applications, and solutions in infrastructure, construction, aerospace, energy, leisure, and more.

About America’s Seed Fund


Also known as “America’s Seed Fund”, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs’ mission is to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy. These programs represent the nation’s largest source of early-stage research and development funding for small businesses. SBA coordinates the programs, collaborating with 11 federal agencies, who collectively supported more than $4 billion a year in federal research and development funding.


Through these highly competitive grant programs domestic small businesses with the potential for commercialization are encouraged to engage in federal Research and Development (R&D); these programs are an important resource for a wide range of researchers, innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and startups working on big ideas. The program’s goals are to:


  • Stimulate technological innovation;
  • Meet federal research and development needs;
  • Foster and encourage participation in innovation and entrepreneurship by women and socially or economically disadvantaged persons; and
  • Increase private-sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development funding.