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Finurah Funding Friday: Pitch Competitions, Grants for Veteran-Owned Businesses, and Other Funding Opportunities

Grants and pitch competitions are more than just strategies to identify funding sources that do not need to be repaid. They are also opportunities to promote your business. You will meet with potential business investors, network with other entrepreneurs and gain much-needed exposure. And not to mention you will receive valuable feedback that will help you to continue to develop your brand.

In this week’s listing of funding opportunities, we are featuring pitch competitions and grant funding opportunities that will help entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses. 

Codelaunch Pitch Competition 

Early-stage startups need sponsors and partners to guide their development. Working with guidance can help startups avoid financial challenges and help them create a sustainable business. CodeLaunch’s next competition is being held in Houston on March 30. Interested participants can find information here

The Women of Color Grant Program 

The Fearless Fund is partnering with The Tory Burch Foundation and The Cru to fund the Women of Color Grant Program. Through this partnership 150 women-led small businesses owners will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000. In addition to the monetary grant, awardees will be able to participate in monthly meetings through The Cru. The application information can be found here. The deadline to apply is Feb. 9. 

The New Venture Championship Program 

Collegiate entrepreneurs can turn their dreams into reality at the New Venture Championship (NVC). Sponsored by The University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business, the New Venture Championship Program allows enterprising students to pitch their business plans and win $50,000. Graduate students from all over the world participate in the competition every year. Competition details can be found here. The application deadline is Feb. 7. 

Veterans Business Battle  

Military veterans with a solid business plan should participate in Rice University’s business competition, Veterans Business Battle. Veterans will be able to pitch their business plans to investors and partnerships for the opportunity to grow and scale their companies. In the past finalists have been awarded more than $4 million in investments. In addition, participants can win cash prizes — $15,000 for first place winners; $10,000 for second place and $5,000 for third place. Both early-stage startups and existing companies should apply here. The deadline to apply is Feb. 15. 

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