19 May

WIBO 7th annual Business Plan Competition – Win $10K



Working on a plan to start your business? Need a plan to grow your business? Need a business plan to pitch to funders? Well, here is your opportunity to get all the help you need to get that plan done, and done right. Enter the 7th Annual Next Level Business Plan & Pitch Competition and you’ll get all the support you need to write or refine your pitch and business plan. 


Find out more information here.

04 Dec

Funding for Minority Entrepreneurs

jalia Ventures

Jalia Ventures is an investment firm that is dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs of color. The company provides expansion capital for companies owned by entrepreneurs of color that have a social or sustainable mission. They also offer support in the form of growth plans, identification of key advisors, structuring  joint ventures and more. They are currently focusing on the NYC market.  Check them out 

04 Dec

In Business under 6 Months and Need Funding?

Accion Sprout Loan

Many banks and financiers do not want to hear from entrepreneurs if they have not been in business for at least 1-3 years. Accion, a non-profit micro lender wants to make it a little easier for NYC entrepreneurs to get the money they need to start and grow. Accion, has a finance program called the sprout program, that lends  $1,000-$10,000 to NYC entrepreneurs who have been in business under 6 months.  The other great part about this program is that you don’t need a perfect credit score to get funding. Many entrepreneurs have received funding with credit scores as low as 575.  If you have been in business under 6 months and need funding, you should look into Accion’s Sprout Program.

19 Nov

Win up to $15,000 to Start your Business: New York StartUp Business Plan Competition


The New York Public Library in conjunction with its sponsor, Citi Foundation, is proud to announce the 5th Annual New York StartUP! Business Plan Competition for New York-based startup entrepreneurs with cash prizes totaling over $30,000.

New York 2014 StartUP! gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to bolster their business acumen. Entrants gain practical insights about starting and growing a business, while learning about the comprehensive small business resources at NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL).


06 Nov

Starting a Business in NYC and need $35K: NYC Next Idea

NYC Next idea

Do you have a business idea that you want to launch and operate in NYC?  Can you use $35,000, a free workspace, a business mentor and free legal assistance to help you launch? If you answered yes to both questions, then you should apply to  ‘NYC Next Idea’ competition. This program invites business teams from around the world who want to launch and operate a business in NYC to compete for cash and other prizes.  The deadline to enter is November 11th. Check out previous years winners and enter the competition. http://nycnextidea.com

06 Nov

Win $100,000 for your Sustainable Business: William James Foundation Business Plan Competition


Win $100,000 for your Sustainable Business: If you have a business or just an idea with a mission to make the world a better place then the William James Foundation business plan competition might be right for you. You can win in-kind and cash prizes worth more than $100,000, a mentor in the sustainable business field, and meet accredited investors to pitch your business for debt or equity investment. The deadline to apply to this program is November 15th. http://www.williamjamesfoundation.org