Business Challenges & Grant opportunities

Business Challenges & Grant Opportunities

Competitions and Opportunities listed on this page are head by the company or organization listed. Details provided by the organizer and any questions should be directed to that organization.

Toyota Ventures is on a mission to explore what’s next by helping early-stage startups bring disruptive technologies and business models to market quickly. As they pursue this goal, they are committed to finding and funding the best entrepreneurs from around the world. Toyota Ventures value different approaches and points of view, and believe diversity drives innovation. Learn more about their portfolio, team, and approach on their website.

Cisco welcomes applications for Global Impact Cash Grants from community partners around the world who share our vision and offer an innovative approach to a critical social challenge.
We identify, incubate, and develop innovative solutions with the most impact. Global Impact Cash Grants go to nonprofit organizations (NPOs) and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that address a significant social problem. We’re looking for programs that fit within our investment areas, serve the underserved, and use technology to improve the reach and efficiency of services. We accept applications year-round from eligible organizations. An Initial Information Form (IIF) is used to determine whether your organization will be invited to complete a full application.

Previous Opportunities

Black Ambition finds, funds, and fuels the businesses of the future. Most importantly, we believe that the future looks like you.
The Black Ambition Prize competition provides a platform for Black and Hispanic founders across the nation to access growth capital, coaching, and a curated community of innovators and mentors. Eligible applicants consist of Black and Hispanic innovators building early-stage ventures across five distinct categories:
  • Consumer Products and Services
  • Healthcare
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Technology
  • AI

Application deadline: Friday, May 17, 2024.

Enter for a chance to win our new $2,750 Galaxy Grant, brought to you by Hidden Star, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an 8-year track record.

Galaxy grants only takes 30 seconds to enter!

Deadline to enter is March 31st, 2024 and the winner(s) will be announced the following week!

Application deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2024.

The FedEx Small Business Grants Program is an exclusive benefit for our customers. You need to have opened a FedEx business account before September 1, 2023.

If you’ve had a FedEx account for at least six months and meet these requirements, let’s go!

I’m based in the U.S.
My business has fewer than 99 employees.
I’ve been in business for at least six months.
I ship with FedEx.
Application deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024.

Hey Atlanta, Austin, and Orlando! Small businesses all around you benefit their communities—and it’s time they got some recognition. That’s why we’re kicking off the Gusto Impact Awards: to celebrate small businesses powering cities like yours. Share your small business story for a chance at a $50,000 advertising package, $10,000 cash, and one year of free Gusto payroll services (even if you’re not already on Gusto!).

Application deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 7pm EST

It’s time to enter your small business into The UPS Store Small Biz Challenge for an opportunity to compete to win a share of the total prize pool of $35,000 for your business, a feature in Inc. magazine and the opportunity to introduce your business to a national audience at a live event in Miami, Florida. To enter, tell us below about your business and what makes it unstoppable.

Application deadline: Friday, March 8, 2024.

Small business ownership can be rewarding, challenging, liberating — a meaningful way to live out your dreams or play an important role in your community.

What’s your small business story? Explain how your business is adjusting to the current economy. Demonstrate your perseverance, creativity and passion for your business. How do your business products or services impact others and/or the community?

Winning stories will receive one of 60 cash prizes (not a grant) starting at $2,000, with a Grand Prize of $60,000.

Application deadline: Monday, March 4, 2024.