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Meet the Round One Winners

A farm collaborative, a youth entrepreneurship program that explores the world of business and product creation. A Rochester-based incubator kitchen and a small business on-the-job training program. Meet the Springboard Award Round One winners that each took home a share of $222,500 in prizes.

Succeeding across the entrepreneurial landscape

That Brown Bag Minority Business Directory

$15,000 for That Brown Bag Minority Business Directory Digital Subscription Project to create a subscription-based service that grants large companies access to the directory database, facilitating direct connections between diverse suppliers and consumers.

Phli Divas Beauty Salon, Inc

$25,000 for the Top Tier Professional program that aims to accelerate the talent, entrepreneurship/ employability, and knowledge of licensed cosmetologists, barbers, make-up artists, and estheticians.

University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership

$25,000 for Emerging Entrepreneurs Coaching Launchpad, a series of group coaching sessions that offer a comprehensive learning experience to entrepreneurs who are at the beginning of their business journey.

Ibero Business Center-WNY

The Expanded Ibero Business Center Services and Pitch Competition that will support business training cohorts in Niagara Falls and Rochester.

The Rochester Commissary

$25,000 for Innovation through Shared Kitchen Incubation that will enable the food business incubator to provide additional equipment and specialized support for production and scaling for food-focused entrepreneurs.

Providence Farm Collective Corp

$25,000 for the Farmer Leadership Circle Program, an inclusionary approach to supporting leaders and building organizational capacity, that will enhance mentorship abilities among current participants and recruit 5-10 new community leaders.

The Foundry

$25,000 for the second phase of its Young Entrepreneurs Advance: Growing a Youth Entrepreneurship Pipeline, to enhance opportunities for youth to explore the world of business and product creation.

Cattaraugus-Allegany Workforce Development Board, Inc.

$25,000 for its Small Business On the Job Training Program, that connects job seekers with employers and provides training costs for the first 6-10 weeks of employment.

The Good Neighbor Fund

$25,000 for Good Neighbor Fund Micro-Grant Program to expand its current micro-grant program, entrepreneurial support, and community events.

The Local Sound Collaborative, Inc.

$7,500 for The Artist Grants Program, providing opportunity to artists, offering innovative ways to share their craft, and pushing the conversation forward on what music can offer to our world.



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