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Award and Voting Rules, Terms, and Conditions


Binding Agreement: In order to enter the StreetShares Foundation (“Us”, “We”, “Foundation”) Veteran Small Business Award grant contest, entrants (“entrant”) and voters ("voter"), collectively "you", must agree to the foregoing rules. Please read these rules carefully prior to entry to ensure you understand and agree to the terms that are set forth. You agree that by submitting an entry into the Veteran Small Business Award you are agreeing to these rules. You also agree that you understand that you may not submit an entry to the contest and are not eligible to receive the prizes listed in these rules unless you agree to these rules. These rules form a binding legal agreement between you and the Foundation.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY, VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The Veteran Small Business Awards are offered by the StreetShares Foundation, located at 1900 Campus Commons Dr., Suite 200, Reston, VA 20191. All terms are subject to change at our sole discretion.

Prize: The Foundation’s Veteran Small Business Award grant is awarded to individual persons who have been chosen as winners of the Veteran Small Business Award and are comprised of a total pool of $25,000. Each periodic prize pool is broken down into First, Second, and Third place awards, as follows:

  • First Place: $15,000
  • Second Place: $6,000
  • Third Place: $4,000

The grant funding awarded is approved for equipment purchases, staffing, marketing, operations and product development relating to the business under which the entrant has applied. Additional purposes may be approved at the discretion of the StreetShares Foundation staff.

Eligibility and Entry Instructions: The Veteran Small Business Award grants are open to US Persons who are at least 21 years of age. Contest entrants must be a veteran, reserve or transitioning active duty member of any of the United States Armed Forces, the spouse of a military member or the surviving spouse or child of a Military Member who died on active duty (i.e., a "Gold Star" family member). Military Member means a veteran, reserve or transitioning active duty member of any of the United States Armed Forces. Entrants must own at least 51% of the business entity under which Entrants apply unless the entrant is applying in conjunction with a non-profit organization. If the entrant does not possess a minimum of 51% ownership of the business entity under which the Entrant applies, the business must be owned majority owned by United States Military Members and will be required to provide proof of Military Member status and business ownership to the StreetShares Foundation staff. Business entities, as defined in these rules, are considered 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.

Entrants must engage with our small business educational content in order to be eligible. Content consists of downloading the materials such as the “Ultimate Guide For Veteran-Owned Small Businesses” and viewing one or more of a series of videos produced by us. An Entrant’s download and video view activity will be tracked to verify participation in accordance to these rules. Only one entry per entrant.

Winners of a previous Foundation award are not eligible to re-apply for the Veteran Small Business Award.

For questions regarding eligibility, please email foundation@streetshares.com

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 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 a winner. The entrant is to mention their connection to the military and veteran community and the social impact of their business on the military and veteran community.

If the video is longer than 2 minutes, judges will only view and evaluate the applicant based on the first 2 minutes of the video. To be eligible, the entrant’s video must be submitted through the Foundation website. The Foundation will not accept submissions for the Veteran Small Business Award grant sent to us via any means other than the StreetShares Foundation website. The deadlines will be announced on the Foundation website at http://go.streetshares.com/streetshares-foundation-veteran-small-business-award.

Applications are subject to disqualification at any time including after approval and feature on the voting page.

The Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to reject and/or disqualify any application at any time that the Foundation, its sponsors or partners, deem to be hateful, slanderous, libelous, violent, obscene, defamatory, discriminatory (based on age, race, gender, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or political affiliation), profane, offensive, explicit, false, misleading, threatening or harassing, or inconsistent with the Foundation's, its sponsors or partners, expectations, or that poses a reputational risk to the Foundation, its sponsors or partners, or that contain images, words, depictions or symbols considered offensive to individuals of a certain race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic group, or that the Foundation believes may be in violation of the law. Applications include content on the Entrant's website and social media sites.

Should the Foundation determine, in its sole discretion, that a grant recipient has violated the rules of the StreetShares Foundation's Rules, Terms & Conditions or disqualified for any other reason, the Foundation shall have no obligation to award a grant to such Entrant.

The Foundation reserves the right to conduct a social media scan on Entrants and reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant based on such social media scan if in its sole discretion, the Foundation determines that the entrant has violated the Rules, Terms & Conditions.

Privacy Policy: The Foundation collects information that entrants or voters provide to us as part of their engagement with our educational content, application for an Award, or vote. We collect information about their computer and their visits to our web site, such as their IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit, page views, and other information. We use cookies on our web site as well as website analytics. This enables us to identify and track the web browser and load the pages according to a user's preferences for that particular site, including the personalization of content. Cookies and website analytics are also used to gather statistical data, such as which pages are visited, what is downloaded, domain name and country of origin, and the addresses of sites visited before and after coming to our site, as well as "click stream" activity (meaning, the paths taken by visitors to our site as they navigate from page to page) and transactional attributes in accordance with information voluntarily submitted in the course of using our site. More importantly, using cookies also helps us protect the security of accounts. We collect personal information and the information users give us in order to apply for an award (such as name, email, company, company description, pitch, video, etc.). This data is also used individually to determine award finalists and winners, as well as used for analysis to ensure proper functioning of our site and to evaluate the effectiveness of our marketing efforts. In addition, we gather the names and email addresses or other contact information of anyone who contacts us with questions about our company or operations in order to serve the respective needs of these individuals and assist these individuals as appropriate.  We may use or share any or all of this information with our partners or with StreetShares, Inc. for permissible marketing, research, or educational purposes. Entrants and voters may opt out of having their information shared by contacting us in writing to request opt out. Please send the opt out request to StreetShares Foundation, 1900 Campus Common Dr., Suite 200, Reston, VA 20191. 

Judging Criteria: Applications will be evaluated by a Foundation judge or judges across a number of criteria. Criteria to be a Finalist will include: business idea/potential, potential impact/use of award funds, product-market fit, team/history, and social impact of the business on the military and veteran community. The judges will determine the finalists of the Veteran Small Business Award grant. The winners of the grant competition are chosen from the Finalists of each Award period and are determined by public vote on the StreetShares Foundation website.

The Finalists’ submissions are displayed to the public on the voting page. The public will then vote to determine which three military veteran entrepreneurs will receive grant funding. The StreetShares Foundation will feature 8-15 finalists during each cycle of the award. The public will determine the winners. Voting periods will last for a duration of approximately two weeks. The three entrepreneurs with the highest vote count will travel to VETS 19 from May 29-31st in San Antonio, TX pitch live. The audience will vote to determine the recipients of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. 

Voting: Only one vote is permitted per individual. Individuals must submit a valid email address in order to vote. The Foundation will monitor voting activity for suspicious behavior, use of bots, ineligible mass voting, submitting more than one vote per person, or similar behaviors. The Foundation reserves the right to exclude votes that it suspects violate the one-person-one-vote valid-e-mail rule. Votes will be counted at the sole discretion of Foundation staff. 

Tie-Breakers: In the event of a tie, the Foundation will review the submissions weighting the video most heavily on the impact and/or connection that the business will/may/have/has the potential to have on the military and veteran community.

Submissions: By submitting a “pitch", the entrant warrants and represents that it: (a) is the entrant's original work, (b) does not infringe upon the copyrights patent, trademarks rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity; (c) that the entrant has obtained permission of from a person whose name, likeness or voice is used in the entry and (d) and that publication of the ideas contained in the entry via various media including web posting, will not infringe on the rights of any third party rights. Entrant(s) will indemnify and hold harmless StreetShares Foundation, Boston Beer Company or any of our sponsors from any claims to the contrary.

Submission Content: By submitting a video application, the entrant automatically grants, and the entrant represents and warrants that they have the right to grant to the foundation, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part), and distribute such user content for any purpose on or in connection with the website or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such user content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing.

StreetShares Foundation Website Content: all content on the website, including but not limited to designs, text, graphics, pictures, video, information, software, music, sound and other files, and their selection and arrangement, are the proprietary property of StreetShares Foundation with all rights reserved. No website content may be modified, copied, distributed, framed, reproduced, republished, downloaded, displayed, posted, transmitted, or sold in any form or by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission.

Publicity: By entering the contest, entrants agree to participate in any media or promotional activity as reasonably requested by the Foundation and agree and consent to use of their name and/or likeness by the Foundation. StreetShares Foundation will contact entrants in advance of any Foundation-sponsored media request for interviews.

Right to Cancel or Modify: StreetShares Foundation reserves the right to cancel, modify or suspend this contest at any time in their sole discretion.

Limitation of Liability: Entrant agrees to hold harmless and releases StreetShares Foundation and its partners from any liability for any technical errors or other like issues that may interrupt or affect the ability of the Foundation to carry out the awards contest as planned.

The views and opinions of entrants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of StreetShares Foundation, Inc.

Right to Substitute: StreetShares Foundation reserves the right to substitute any award under the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Awards for another award of equal or greater value if, for any reason, the stated prizes are unavailable.

Governing Law: This contest and its official rules are governed by the law of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Entrants also waive all rights to jury trials and the parties agree that any dispute will be resolved through binding arbitration. The party initiating arbitration shall do so with the American Arbitration Association and the parties agree that the law of the Commonwealth of Virginia applies, without regard to conflict of law provisions.

General Release and Indemnification: All entrants and voters to the Veteran Small Business Awards agree to release and hold harmless StreetShares Foundation and its partners from and against any and all claims associated with the contest. Entrants and voters indemnify the Foundation at all times from and against any liability, claims, demands, losses, damages, costs and expenses resulting from any act, default or omission of the entrant and voters and/or a breach of any warranty set forth herein. As an entrant or voter to this contest, you agree to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the Foundation from and against any and all claims, actions, suits or proceedings, as well as any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys fees) arising out of or accruing from: (i) any material uploaded or otherwise provided by the entrant that infringes any copyright, trademark, trade secret, trade dress, patent or other intellectual property right of any person or defames any person or violates their rights of publicity or privacy; (ii) any misrepresentation made by entrant in connection with the contest; (iii) any non-compliance by entrant with these Rules; (iv) claims brought by persons or entities other than the parties to these rules arising from or related to the entrant's involvement with the contest; (v) acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any contest-related activity or participation in the contest; (vi) any malfunction or other problem with the contest website in relation to the entry and participation in the contest by entrant; (vii) any error in the collection, processing, or retention of entry or voting information in relation to the entry and participation in the contest by entrant and in the voting process by consumers; or (viii) any typographical or other error in the printing, offering or announcement of any prize or winners in relation to the entry and participation in the contest by entrant.

Grant Reporting Guidelines: The StreetShares Foundation requires that narrative and financial reports be submitted together on a schedule established in the Foundation’s award letter, or as modified in subsequent correspondence. When preparing reports, grantees should review the StreetShares Foundation’s Rules, Terms and Conditions, which are also available from the StreetShares Foundation staff. The financial accounting should pertain only to the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award grant.

If unusual circumstances arise in which a reporting delay occurs, please promptly inform the StreetShares Foundation staff (foundation@streetshares.com). The Foundation reserves the right to suspend and/or require the return of funds for delinquent or unsatisfactory reporting.

Reports should be submitted to the Foundation staff (foundation@streetshares.com). Please enter the report details on the supplementary forms provided by the foundation staff and upload attachments as necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact Foundation staff with any questions regarding these guidelines.

Reporting Components

Each awardee is required to recount and evaluate the use of grant funding during the reporting period.

The narrative report should include the following:

  1. Provide a detailed account for use of grant funding, outcomes and any other significant accomplishments related to funds received;
  2. If applicable, the setbacks or challenges to the progress of activities funded by the StreetShares Foundation Veteran Small Business Award;
  3. Significant changes to organizations leadership or grant management staff;
  4. Insights derived from grant-funded actives;
  5. Future plans/goals for upcoming reporting period or, in the case of the final report, for the period subsequent to the grant;
  6. A recount of any recent evaluations related to the grant;
  7. Accurate account of annual gross revenue prior to receiving the grant;
  8. Recount of current revenue and revenue driving actives to be included in each follow up report;
  9. Plans to hire employees and/or employees hired after receiving the award and;
  10. Recount of United States military veterans or the spouse of a United States military veteran hired following the grant receipt;
  11. Copies of any publications, news articles, or other published materials related to the grant
  12. A descriptive recount of any significant variances between proposed spending and actual spending in each category proposed in the initial report;
  13. If an administrator other than the grant recipient submits the report, please provide a cover letter from the grant recipient indicating that she or he has reviewed and approved the report.

Financial Accounting Reporting

  1. The grant amount, interest income earned and the current remaining balance
  2. The entirety of the budget originally proposed, or as agreed to in an approved modification
  3. Expenditures for the reporting period using the expense categories set forth in the original propsed budget or as agreed to in a modification approved by the StreetShares Foundation staff

Recordkeeping: Grantees are required to retain all accounting records, detailing all receipts and expenditures, for a minimum of three years following submission of the final grant report. The StreetShares Foundation reserves the right to conduct audits, on and offsite, of records related to the use of grant funds. The StreetShares Foundation reserves the right to request the return of awarded funds, disallow expenditures, or take other remedial actions in cases in which spending is not consistent with the budget proposed by the grant recipient.

Taxes: By accepting the award, winners agree that are solely responsible for any and all tax liability for which may be incurred under federal, state or local law and the StreetShares Foundation and/or any partners bear no responsibility to the winner regarding taxes.

General Provisions: All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. The Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any entrant from the contest if, in the Foundation’s sole discretion, it reasonably believes that the entrant has attempted to undermine the legitimate operation of the contest by cheating (e.g. utilizing bots to vote for a winner), deception, or other unfair playing practices or annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrants, the Foundation, the Foundation’s partners, or the Judges.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act: If you believe that any material on the Site infringes upon any copyright that you own or control, you may send a written notification of such infringement to our Designated Agent as set forth below:

Attention: Legal Department
StreetShares Foundation
1900 Campus Commons Dr., Suite 200, Reston, VA 20191

Telephone: 1.800.560.1435 or 571.325.2966

E-Mail: foundation@StreetShares.com

To meet the notice requirements under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA"), the notification must be a written communication that includes the following:

  • A physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed,
  • Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrighted works at a single online site are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works at that site,
  • Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled, and information reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material,
  • Information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted,
  • A statement that the complaining party has a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law, and
  • A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.