H. R. 4109
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 30, 2019
Mr. Espaillat (for himself and Ms. Velázquez) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Small Business
To codify the Small Business Administration’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, and for other purposes.
Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 631 et seq.) is amended—
by redesignating section 49 as section 50; and
by inserting after section 48 the following:
Growth Accelerator Fund Competition
There is established a program within the Small Business Administration to be known as the
Growth Accelerator Fund Competition under which the Administrator shall award prizes on a competitive basis to covered entities that—
assist small business concerns with accessing capital and finding mentors and networking opportunities; and
advise small business concerns, including advising on market analysis, company strategy, revenue growth, and securing funding.
Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Administrator shall carry out the program established under this section in accordance with the requirements of section 24 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 (15 U.S.C. 3719).
A prize only may be awarded to a covered entity that submits to the Administrator an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Administrator may require.
To be eligible to apply for a prize under this section, a covered entity—
may not have an outstanding, unresolved financial obligation to the Federal Government; and
may not be currently suspended or debarred as specified under subpart 9.4 of title 48, Code of Federal Regulations (or any successor regulation).
Selection of covered entities
From applications submitted under subsection (c), the Administrator shall select covered entities that will provide to small business concerns—
regular networking opportunities, including introductions to customers, partners, suppliers, advisory boards and other persons;
mentorship opportunities, including advice on strategy, technology, finances, and commercialization assistance;
shared working environments focused on building a strong community amongst other similar small business concerns;
resources and co-working arrangements;
opportunities to pitch ideas to investors and other capital formation opportunities;
small amounts of angel money, seed capital, or structured loans; and
where appropriate, assistance in securing funding under the SBIR program or the STTR program established under section 9.
The Administrator, in approving applications under this section, shall give priority to applications that include methods to provide assistance and advice to small business concerns located in underserved communities, including—
small business concerns owned and controlled by women;
small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans; and
small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals (as defined in section 8(d)(3)(C)).
Of prizes awarded to covered entities under this section in a fiscal year, the Administrator shall ensure that—
not less than 20 percent of such covered entities will assist and advise small business concerns owned and controlled by women; and
not less than 20 percent of such covered entities will assist and advise small business concerns owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
Selection of small business concerns
A covered entity that receives a prize under the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition shall use a selective process to identify small business concerns to provide assistance and advice described under subsection (a).
Development of metrics
The Administrator shall develop metrics to evaluate the effectiveness and the benefit to the people of the United States of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition that—
are science-based and statistically driven;
reflect the mission of the Administration; and
include factors relating to the economic impact of the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.
Covered entity defined
In this section, the term covered entity means a private entity that is incorporated in and maintains a primary place of business in the United States.
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Administrator such sums as may be necessary to carry out the Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.