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Registration is now open for the SSTI 2024 Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the SSTI 2024 Annual Conference in Phoenix, December 10-12, at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, located in the Gila River Indian Community.

A bipartisan group of Senators releases recommendations for AI policy

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators published Driving U.S. Innovation in Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for Artificial Intelligence Policy in the United States Senate. The roadmap encourages the executive branch and the Senate Appropriations Committee to reach the $32 billion per year non-defense AI innovation spending level proposed by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence. It also includes a list of recommendations for legislation to regulate artificial intelligence. The recommendations include prioritizing funding for a cross-government AI R&D effort at all relevant government agencies and departments. The recommendation mentions explicitly an all-of-government AI-ready data initiative. It also directs research priorities in “responsible innovation, including but not limited to fundamental and applied sciences, such as biotechnology, advanced computing, robotics, and materials science.”

Where are all of the successful accelerator participants?

Accelerators are practically everywhere in the U.S., and a look at Pitchbook data on May 13, 2024, seems to confirm that. For the five years of 2019-2023, Pitchbook tagged 18,808 different companies as having received “accelerator/incubator funding.” Conceptually, they were all startups when they received that funding and will be at widely varying degrees of evolution today (the status for 1,730 of them, for instance, was listed as “out of business”). Only 765 were classified as being one of four statuses that might be most easily considered as positive exits:  1. publicly held; 2. in IPO registration; 3. an operating subsidiary of another firm through a merger or acquisition; or 4.  integrated into another firm through a merger or acquisition and no longer tracked separately. 

New Resource: Video provides insight into EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance Funds

SSTI has released a new video in our Federal Funding Video Library featuring Trent Thompson, economic development representative with the Economic Development Administration’s Denver Regional Office. In this interview, we discuss how EDA’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) funds can be leveraged to support technology-based economic development (TBED) activities. The interview provides practical advice on the application process, examples of previously funded TBED projects, and strategies for aligning these funds with your region’s needs.

Federal grant recipients alert: Uniform Grants Guidance is changing

While the headline above may be one of the most boring written in the SSTI Weekly Digest’s history, any recipient of federal grant funding should be aware that changes are coming to the Uniform Grants Guidance that governs federal grants, effective October 1. The guidance “sets the foundational requirements for agencies in making grants and providing other forms of Federal financial assistance, such as cooperative agreements and loans,” according to the White House. The changes will apply only to awards after October 1. Among the changes the White House is touting are directions to agencies to make grant announcements as “clear and concise as possible,” reduce unnecessary compliance costs, remove barriers to entry, and ensure assistance serves intended communities, including supporting programs for Tribal nations. Some of the specific details will be of interest to grant recipients.

Recent Research: ITIF explains the argument for consolidation and bigger business

Why the U.S. Economy Needs More Consolidation, Not Less, a recent paper from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), explains from an economics perspective the advantages of scale economy for improving an industry’s overall efficiency and productivity. Not all industries see significant economies of scale as firms grow, ITIF research points out. In fact, one in four sectors in the 938 NAICS industries do not, ITIF reports, suggesting—but not discussed, that some public policies designed to improve the performance of these small business-oriented sectors may be beneficial. Policy recommendations included in the report are intended to discourage the federal government from refining regulations governing mergers, acquisitions, and potential monopolizing effects from increased consolidation in those 710 sectors where increased consolidation yields greater efficiency and corporate receipts.

SEC Seeks Candidates for Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee

The Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking candidates to fill a limited number of vacancies on the agency’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee, which provides advice and recommendations to the Commission on rules, regulations, and policy matters relating to small businesses.