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Springboard is a competition that awards cash prizes to organizations that help grow the entrepreneurial landscape in Buffalo-Niagara, the Rochester region, and the Southern Tier.

At least $600,000 in prizes with multiple winners up to $25,000 >

Why Apply?

Springboard provides an opportunity for winners to launch a new idea/project for the benefit of the greater WNY entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is a chance to receive a $5,000 to $25,000 award for one year of programming, increase visibility of your idea or organization, and create awareness of your contributions to the ecosystem.

Bigger prizes. Less red tape.

Springboard gives organizations cash prizes you can use for nearly any idea, equipment, or program that promotes innovation and growth for the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

How it works

1. Apply.

Use our simple two-page form to apply now >

2. Share.

Tell our judges how you can help the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

3. Win.

If your project is selected, you’ll win up to $25,000 at one of our award ceremonies.

4. Grow.

Springboard your project or program using your cash prize.

What’s different about Springboard?

1. Bigger prizes than other competitions

2. Cash prizes awarded quickly

3. Focused on organizations and ideas that support entrepreneurs

How do you apply?

Apply by April 26 for the first round or keep working on your pitch and apply in June or August.

“If you’re a local organization that needs cash for new equipment, new processes, or more capacity, we want to help you scale your project and make an even greater impact.”

Spread the word

Help us grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem by sharing news about Springboard. You can use these flyers and social media posts from the toolkit on all of your social channels and other platforms. 

Save the dates

Save the dates 2024 award ceremonies will be held this summer. More information will be posted as soon as it’s available.

Round 1 Event

June 24, 2024

Rochester

Round 2 Event

August

Buffalo

Round 3 Event

October 23, 2024

Southern Tier

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