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StreetShares Foundation The Veteran Small Business Award
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IT'S OUR MISSION TO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES TO
SUPPORT VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS

HOW DO I Apply?

Follow these steps to qualify and apply for the Veteran Small Business Award:
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Apply for the Award

Create a pitch video and fill out your application.

Your application will be judged on the following:
  1. Social impact on the military community
  2. Personal story and business idea/potential
  3. What customer need are you filling (product/market fit)
  4. Your team and company history
  5. How you plan to use the award and the potential impact

 

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THE VETERAN SMALL BUSINESS AWARD GRANT PROGRAM

The StreetShares Foundation is committed to creating more opportunities for military veteran and military spouses entrepreneurs. Our grant program allows us to boost veteran small businesses in a big way by providing opportunities for access to capital. 
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  • • Qualified applicants will submit an application for the Veteran Small Business Award by filming a simple pitch video and filling out the form on the application page.

  • The StreetShares Foundation will choose 8-12 finalists

    • Finalists are featured on the Foundation website for public vote

  • • The three entrepreneurs with the highest vote count will have the opportunity to pitch live at a StreetShares Foundation pitch competition event

 

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AWARDS

1st place: $15,000

2nd place: $6,000

3rd place: $4,000

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ELIGIBILITY

  • • Applicant must be a veteran, reserve or transitioning active duty member of any of the United States Armed Forces, a spouse of a military member or the child or immediately family member of a Military Member who died on active duty (i.e., a "Gold Star" family member)

  • • Applicant must be a U.S. person and at least 21 years old

  • • Applicants must own at least 51% of the business entity described in the application. Business entities, as defined in these rules, include sole proprietorships, legally incorporated LLCs, S-Corps or C-Corps (or formal partnerships) created under the laws of any U.S. jurisdiction. If the Entrant is applying in conjunction with a nonprofit organization, the Entrant must be the organization's senior executive director or equivalent in order to be eligible for the grant.

  • • The grant funding awarded is approved for veterans and military spouses who are low-income or otherwise lack financial means and have a goal to start or grow an early-stage business or nonprofit venture.

  • • The non-profit or business entity will also be evaluated on its positive social, community, educational, military-transition, veterans’ employment, health & wellness, or veterans’ mental health/spiritual impact on the American military and veterans community in addition to or in conjunction with the business or nonprofit functions.

  • • Entrants will create a short video of 2 minutes or less in duration in which the entrant will introduce their business and/or product and pitch the StreetShares Foundation as to why they should be selected for the award by discussing the vision of their firm, goals and the impact and/or anticipated use of the prize if chosen as the grant recipient.
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DEADLINES

Check back for more information regarding our upcoming Veteran Small Business Award!

 

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

The most important impact the Award had on me was directly due to the feeling that someone actually believed in me and my ability to grow my company in to something that will create jobs and opportunities for veterans, military spouses and moms in general. Something changed in me that day, I finally had a little capital to hire a franchise consultant and one year later I was able to sell my first franchise!
Angela Cody, USAF Veteran and Owner of Major Mom
Former Grant Winner

COMMITTED TO VETERAN ENTREPRENUERS

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INSPIRE

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SUPPORT

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Don’t wait, start your application today!