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America’s Seed Fund Logo Design Competition for the SBIR/STTR Programs

About the Challenge
The SBIR/STTR Programs are seeking a new logo-design.

Posted By: Small Business Administration
Category: Multimedia
Submission Dates: 12 p.m. ET, May 04, 2015 - 11:59 p.m. ET, May 29, 2015 Winners Announced: Jun 15, 2015

Problem Statement & Desired Solution:

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) “America’s Seed Fund” Logo Design Competition, pursuant to the America Competes Act,  is seeking submissions from artists and/or designers to create a thoughtful and imaginative visual representation of the government’s largest innovation effort focused on research-driven, innovative and cutting-edge small businesses through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs. Our tag-line is 12 Agencies…1 Vision: Seed The Future.

Background Info:

The SBIR/STTR Programs are extremely competitive and encourage small businesses to engage in federally funded research and development (R&D) through eleven Federal agencies with R&D needs. SBIR/STTR awards enable small businesses to explore their technological potential, stimulate innovation to meet federal R&D needs, and potentially profit from private-sector commercialization of developed technologies. Since inception in 1982, 150,000 awards totaling $40 billion have been awarded to the small firms that participate. The programs touch, catalyze and seed the creation of STEM driven innovations in industries critical to the nation’s long term competitiveness and growth – from nanotech to robotics to mobile communications to genetic therapies to clean energy to advanced weapons to space exploration. Many of today’s technology giants – or their underlying technological components – received seed funding through SBIR or STTR awards via the eleven participating Federal agencies; the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Home Land Security and Transportation. (Visit the sbir.gov website at https://www.sbir.gov/ for more information.)

Prize:

The new logo will serve as the official logo for the SBIR/STTR Programs to be used for promotional and educational information, including but not limited to, the Programs’ website, SBA’s website, participating Federal agency websites, conferences, events, television, print, and other media outlets. The winner of the competition will receive $2,500 and their winning logo is intended to be unveiled at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards ceremony on June 15, 2015, at The White House and also be highlighted at the National SBIR Conference, June 15-17, 2015 at the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center at The National Harbor in Washington DC.

How to Enter

Please review the rules as well terms and conditions section for more details.

Valid entries must be done by going to the “Submit Solution” tab and using the form to fill out and upload pertinent file before clicking submit so that you are officially registered.

Prizes
$2500.00 to the Winner & a Public Unveiling at The White House $2,500.00 The new logo will serve as the official logo for the SBIR/STTR Programs to be used for promotional and educational information, including but not limited to, the Programs’ website, SBA’s website, participating Federal agency websites, conferences, events, television, print, and other media outlets. The winner of the competition will receive $2,500 and their winning logo is intended to be unveiled at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards ceremony on June 15, 2015, at The White House and also be highlighted at the National SBIR Conference, June 15-17, 2015 at the Gaylord Hotel & Convention Center at The National Harbor in Washington DC.

47 Discussions for "America’s Seed Fund Logo Design Competition for the SBIR/STTR Programs"

  • grao
    Dear Colleagues, Thank you for taking the time to submit your innovative and creative solutions. It has been a whirlwind past few weeks with the SBIR Logo Challenge, National SBIR/STTR Conference, and the Tibbetts & SBIR Hall of Fame ceremonies coinciding all at the same time. Yes, we do have a winner for the SBIR Logo Challenge! Details can be found in the below link: https://www.sba.gov/blogs/sbir-sttrs-new-logo As well how we are using the logo can be found in the following link: https://www.sbir.gov/ We thank all of you for your time, effort, and desire to help with this endeavor. Sincerest Best Wishes to all... -SBIR/STTR Family

  • LT
    Yes the logo is nice, wonder who designed it. Based on the Fibonacci series. Weren't they supposed to announced it June 15? Strange.

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        AT
        The Winner is.........Kristen Nichols is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Social Innovation (C4) in Needham, MA. Her work and educational background allow her to develop innovative and meaningful online adult learning experiences. She has over twenty years of design experience creating websites, corporate branding and identity, annual reports, and other marketing materials. She just recently graduated with a master’s degree in Education with a focus on Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University.

  • Amanda
    Any one heard anything about the 10 finalist or a possible winner? When will all participants be notified if their entries were chosen?

  • jayanthi
    When will the 10 finalists be notified or have they already been notified, and the winner chosen? I am really curious as to how it all works with the government agencies. Any inputs? Thanks

  • Evie
    Is there any way I can still upload my logo file. There seems to be system error that I wasn't able to upload it online. thanks,

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    Claudia Q
    I dont understand how to register. Is uploading your design solution the only thing you need to do? While reading the rules it saids to register but i don't know what that means. Does anyone have an idea? Thanks

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      Evie
      Is there anyway I can still submit the logo? There seems to be system error that I wasn't able to upload it on time. Thanks,

  • Goutam Karan
    I submitted two times, for some reason did not get any confirmation. Can you please verify whether my entry is processed or not? If not I will submit again. Thanks

  • grao
    If you are deciding to provide a portfolio of variations for your official submission, please submit them together in your official entry, as it will make it easier to collect all pertinent materials and process quickly. Thank you.

  • Jessie Z
    Do we need to include the tag line "12 Agencies…1 Vision: Seed The Future" in the log design?

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      Kathleen Rickard
      Hi I just I think submitted my work to the SBIR/STTR new Logo. I left external link empty because I don't have one. I hope you got it. I had to try twice. Power keeps going out here.

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    Merissa Sachs
    I also tried to submit and it seemed as though it never attached the pdf file? Is there a way to confirm a submission was correctly received? Thank you

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    Adam Weidenbaum
    The competition creative brief is extremely vague regarding what must be included in the logo in terms of typography. Is this a logo that should read "SBIR/STTR," or "America's Seed Fund?" I could easily see this being interpreted as one, the other or both. Could you please specify?

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      grao
      Hi Adam, We are looking for logos of all sorts be that would and could encapsulate around the words and themes for SBIR/STTR and America's Seed Fund. Best of luck.

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        Adam Weidenbaum
        I'm sorry but that response doesn't answer my question. I'm trying to understand what entity name should be included in the logo. Is it "SBIR/STTR," or is it "America's Seed Fund?" I understand that you are looking for symbolism that encapsulates all of the adjectives in the brief. I'm only asking what the entity name is that should appear within the logo design. The brief and your response do not specify. I don't understand how this particular element could be open to interpretation.

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          grao
          SBIR/STTR primarily, but if you can incorporate America's Seed Fund then great too, but primary objective a new logo for the SBIR/STTR programs.

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        grao
        What we have currently is a place-holder. Please review the rules section and overall description to get a better sense of what we are looking for as a submission. We look forward to your submission.

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      Tammi
      Hi Shane, We are checking into the issue now and will let you know when it is working again. My apologies for the inconvenience.

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      Tammi
      Shane, The file upload feature is now working. Please post here again if you come across anything else.

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Competition Details:

1) Subject of Competition: The SBA is seeking a new design to be used as the official logo of the SBIR/STTR Programs and the recently redesigned website https://www.sbir.gov/. The SBIR/STTR Programs are extremely competitive and encourage small businesses to engage in federally funded research and development (R&D) through eleven Federal agencies with R&D needs. SBIR/STTR awards enable small businesses to explore their technological potential, stimulate innovation to meet federal R&D needs, and potentially profit from private-sector commercialization of developed technologies. Since inception in 1982, 150,000 awards totaling $40 billion have been awarded to the small firms that participate. The programs touch, catalyze and seed the creation of STEM driven innovations in industries critical to the nation’s long term competitiveness and growth – from nanotech to robotics to mobile communications to genetic therapies to clean energy to advanced weapons to space exploration. Many of today’s technology giants – or their underlying technological components – received seed funding through SBIR or STTR awards via the eleven participating Federal agencies; the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Home Land Security and Transportation. (Visit the sbir.gov website at https://www.sbir.gov/ for more information.) The new logo will serve as the official logo for the SBIR/STTR Programs to be used for promotional and educational information, including but not limited to, the Programs’ website, SBA’s website, participating Federal agency websites, conferences, events, television, print, and other media outlets. The winning logo is intended to premiere at the 2015 Tibbetts Awards ceremony on June 15, 2015, and be highlighted at the National SBIR Conference, June 15-17, 2015.

2) Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition: To be eligible to win a prize under this Logo Design Competition, you-

(a) Must register to participate in the competition under the link designated for that purpose by SBA on challenge.gov;

(b) Must comply with all the requirements under this notice and the America Competes Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-358);

(c) Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States before the submission period ends;

(d) May not be a Federal employee acting within the scope of your employment; and,

(e) May not be an entity with an outstanding, unresolved financial obligation to, or that is currently suspended or debarred by, the federal government.

If you are under 18 years of age, you must have the permission of a parent or legal guardian to participate. If you are a Federal grantee, you may not use Federal funds to develop applications for this competition unless such use is consistent with the purpose of your grant award. If you are a Federal contractor, you may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop or fund efforts in support of applications for this competition. You may use Federal facilities or consult with Federal employees during the competition if the facilities and employees are made available to all contestants participating in the competition on an equitable basis.

3) Registration Process for Participants: Design competition participants must submit their “America’s Seed Fund” Logo Designs online using the link designated for that purpose on challenge.gov, either by filtering search criteria to “Small Business Administration” or going to https://www.sbir.gov/, where the link will be posted.

SBA will accept logo design competition submissions only through challenge.gov.

Things to keep in mind as you design your “America’s Seed Fund” Logo:

(a) Translating the common programmatic elements of the SBIR and STTR programs – to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy… one small business at a time. (For more information about the SBIR and STTR Programs, visit the website at https://www.sbir.gov/.);

(b) Reflecting the importance of the SBIR/STTR Programs in an insightful and ultimately innovative manner; and,

(c) Evoking through imagery thoughts related to words such as – Innovation, Inventions, High-Tech, Cutting Edge, Technology, Startups, Seed Money, STEM driven, Angel Funding, Seeding Ideas, Business Plans, Forward-Looking, Venture Capital, Widely Applicable, High-Growth Entrepreneurship, National Competitiveness, and Next Generation Solutions.

When uploading your “America’s Seed Fund” Logo design, in the “Submission Text” field please also include a brief description about your logo entry and thought process behind the design – how it relates to the SBIR/STTR Programs as “America’s Seed Fund”.

4) Prizes for Winners: The winning contestant will be awarded a $2,500 prize and the design will become the official logo for the SBIR/STTR Programs, the Programs’ website at sbir.gov, and any official SBA, SBIR Program and/or STTR Program purpose. The winning contestant will be invited to an unveiling of the winning logo design during a White House ceremony honoring the 2015 Tibbetts Award and SBIR Hall of Fame winners in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015. The winning contestant will receive a congratulatory letter with winning design logo from SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet. The winning contestant and winning logo design will also be recognized during the National SBIR Conference, June 15-17, 2015, in National Harbor, MD. Any and all associated travel costs will be the sole responsibility of the winning contestant.

5) Selection of Winners: SBA will select a judging panel that will consist of SBA officials and Program Managers of the SBIR/STTR participating Federal agencies. Judges will be fair and impartial. A judge may not have a familial or financial relationship with an individual who is a registered contestant in the competition. Judges will fully comply with all applicable government ethics requirements for Federal employees.

Judges will use the following criteria to judge the submitted designs:

(a) Design relates to the SBIR/STTR Programs as “America’s Seed Fund”. The subjects and ideas of small business, innovation, technological advancement, commercialization, and research and development need to be conveyed in the design of the logo. This may be done through a realistic or abstract design.

(b) Creativity and originality. Is the visual quality of the design at once informative and representative of imagery connected to the SBIR/STTR Programs?

(c) Design can be easily replicated. Can this design be replicated successfully, without excessive cost, for many media formats?

The judging panel will evaluate the submissions and select up to ten logos to recommend to the SBA Administrator, who will choose the final winning design from all submissions, including the up to ten logos recommended to the SBA Administrator by the judging panel.  SBA will publicly announce the winner and unveil the winning logo on June 15, 2015. For questions or further information, please see the contact information listed above.

6) Applicable Law: This design competition is being conducted by SBA pursuant to the America Competes Act (15 U.S.C. 3719) and is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. By participating in this design competition, each contestant gives its full and unconditional agreement to the Official Rules and the related administrative decisions described in this notice, which are final and binding in all matters related to the design competition. A contestant’s eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon their fulfilling all requirements identified in this notice. Publication of this notice is not an obligation of funds on the part of SBA. SBA reserves the right to modify or cancel this design competition, in whole or in part, at any time prior to the award of prizes.

7) Conflicts of Interest: No individual acting as a judge at any stage of this design competition may have personal or financial interests in, or be an employee, officer, director, or agent of any contestant or have a familial or financial relationship with a contestant.

8) Intellectual Property Rights:

(a) By submitting a design to this competition, you represent and warrant that you are the sole author and owner of the submitted design. Designs must be your original work, and must not violate or infringe the rights of other parties, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, or intellectual property rights, or material that constitutes copyright or license infringement. Your design may not contain any material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or in any way disparaging. Your design cannot have been submitted previously in another promotion or contest of any kind.

(b) You understand and agree that if your entry is selected as the winning design, it may be modified or altered by SBA, in its sole discretion, as deemed appropriate or necessary to execute, produce, or distribute the winning design in its final logo format.

(c) The winning contestant will, in consideration of the prize to be awarded, grant to SBA an irrevocable, royalty-free, exclusive worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, copy, display, create derivative works, and publicly post, link to, and share, the winning design or parts thereof, for the purpose of the design competition and for any official SBA, SBIR Program and/or STTR Program purpose.

9) Publicity Rights: By registering and entering a submission, each contestant consents to SBA’s and its agents’ use, in perpetuity, of its name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional or informational purposes through any form of media, worldwide, without payment or consideration.

10) Liability and Insurance Requirements: (a) By registering and entering a submission, each contestant agrees to assume any and all risks and waive claims against the Federal Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise.

(b) By participating in this competition, you agree to indemnify the Federal government against third party claims for damages arising from or related to competition activities.

(c) By registering and entering a submission, each contestant further represents and warrants that it possesses sufficient liability insurance or financial resources to cover claims by a third party for death, bodily injury, or property damage or loss resulting from any activity it carries out in connection with its participation in this competition, or claims by the Federal Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity. Challenge winners should be prepared to demonstrate proof of insurance or financial responsibility in the event SBA deems it necessary.

11) Record Retention and Disclosure: All submissions and related materials provided to SBA in the course of this Competition automatically become SBA records and cannot be returned.

Award Approving Official:  Javier Saade, Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW, Washington, DC 20416.

Authority:  Pub. L. 111-358 (2011).

DATES:  The submission period for entries begins 12:00 p.m. EDT, May 4, 2015 or when this notice is published if a later date and ends May 29, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The winning contestant will be announced and the winning design will plan to be unveiled during a White House ceremony on June 15, 2015. The winning contestant will be notified in advance of the public announcement. 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Nagesh Rao, Chief Technologist, Office of Investment and Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street, SW, 6th Floor Washington, DC 20416,   sbirlogochallenge@sba.gov.

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