Startup Grants

Goals

The goal is to find 10 grants that provide at least $50,000 in prize money to startups and small businesses and have little to no eligibility requirements.

Early Findings

  • The SBIR Grant awards $150,000 or more to small businesses that are participating in research and development. They do not list any application dates or deadlines, so this may be an ongoing grant.
  • To be eligible for the SBIR Grant, companies must qualify as an SBC at the time of the award, and that the Project Manager be in full employ of the SBC.
  • The Visa Everywhere Initiative grants $50,000 to 3 final companies every year. Their 2020 dates have not yet been announced.
  • The Visa grant does not list any specific requirements, but states that they "look for startups that have ideas relevant to Visa’s business, a product in market, traction with early customers, and early funding from external investors".
  • The Visa grant requires participants to work on project challenges that aim to solve certain business needs and finalists will pitch their solutions at the Visa Payments Forum.
  • The Eileen Fisher Grant is an annual grant that awards between $10,000 and $40,000 to small businesses that either engage women in sustainable economy or increase women's participation in decision-making.
  • Applications for the Eileen Fisher Grant will be taken from April 1 to 30, 2020.
  • The FedEx Small Business Contest Grant is an annual contest that awards winners with anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 in grants. They do not have application dates out for the 2020 season yet.
  • To qualify for the FedEx grant, businesses must have been in business for at least six months and have less than 99 employees.
  • The Comcast Innovations Grant awards grand prize winners $20,000. Applications are accepted until March 12, 2020.
  • We were unable to find specific eligibility requirements, but the grant focuses on businesses that can offer technological innovations.

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