$100,000 funding opportunity for start-ups

$100,000 cash. Your business idea. A room of investors. 5 minutes. One chance to prove you have what it takes.

Geared to promote economic development in Nevada, the winning business models are required to become Nevada-based entities and hold a Nevada business license, among other requirements, prior to receiving the entire award. The competition is open to all startup and early stage ventures with under $1 million in revenue and less than $100,000 in external equity investment.

The competition brings together venture capitalists and experienced investors to review one-page business model canvases (from Alex Osterwalder) and judge five-minute pitches by entrepreneurial contestants. Following pitches, ten finalists who demonstrate real growth potential will set out to prove market demand for their product or service by promoting their concept through the use of social media, online videos, blog posts and more. Online voting by Nevadans will ultimately determine the $100,000 grand prize winner.

Entrepreneurs can participate in the competition by entering online at www.ves.to through November 30, 2012.

Global start-up business grant opportunity

The Amazon Web Services business grant opportunity offers  prizes such as $100K in combined cash and credits for multiple winners, VC introductions, PR support, and more. This year’s challenge offers big prizes, including 4 grand prizes of $100K in combined cash and credits, 1:1 VC meetings with Madrona, First Round Capital, and SV Angel (and others), global PR support, and more.

You can be at any stage of the development process to enter, as long as you are using at least one AWS product as part of your solution. This year, AWS will announce one Grand Prize winner in each of the following categories:

  • Big Data & High Performance Computing;
  • Gaming;
  • Consumer Applications;
  • Business Applications.

The winners will be flown to the final pitch event in San Francisco on January 24, 2013, where they will pitch to the AWS Executive Judges, and present their idea to a room of like-minded start-ups and entrepreneurs. This is a great opportunity to give your business the kick start that it needs to take off.

The contest entry period ends on November 9, 2012. For other contest related inquiries and questions, email awsstartups@amazon.com. More information including the Official Rules can be found on the AWS Website.

Washington DC Grant Writer

My name is Ron Flavin and I am a highly successful grant writer serving the Washington, DC area. Over the past ten years I have secured more than $120 million in grants for my clients, obtaining single grant awards in excess of $9 million.

I believe that my strong entrepreneurial background holds the secret to my success as a grant writer. I started my first business (with a business partner) when I was 20 years old and have for the most part, been self-employed since then. Eventually, I decided to go back to school and get an education. Since then I’ve gotten a BA, an MBA and have just finished the coursework for my Doctorate. I am also fluent in Spanish (reading, writing and speaking).

I first began writing grants as a volunteer, where I found out that I really have a knack for it, even though I never studied it formally. As my success grew, word spread and more people started hiring me. I eventually took a job with the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, where I worked as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for about two years. I really liked working at the Norton but wanted the freedom to pursue some other avenues so in 2002 I went off on my own, working as a consultant and grant writer. My entrepreneurial background enables me to approach projects not just from a writer’s perspective but from a businessperson’s perspective as well. Because of that i can look at projects objectively and keep the focus where it needs to be. I’m a no-nonsense, concise writer. I also regularly work as a professional grant reviewer for a number of state and federal funding agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Administration for Native Americans and more.

My work as a reviewer gives me a unique insight into the key elements that set proposals that get funded apart from those that do not get funded. I am also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on the topic grants of all types. I am especially skilled at writing grants for “hard to fund” projects and programs including businesses, substance abuse and alcoholism, ex-offenders and re-entry programs, capital campaigns, start-up projects, after-school programs and more. Most of my business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. My clients hire me again and again and even better, they recommend my services to their associates and colleagues. I don’t take on projects that are outside of my scope of expertise or experience. I won’t waste your time or mine if I don’t think I can help. My fees are reasonable with no hidden surprises. We agree on a price before I start the project. You can learn more about my skills and background by visiting my personal website here.

I write grants for Washington, DC area nonprofits, schools, universities, governmental agencies, businesses, churches and more. I live in Greenville, South Carolina but travel regularly to the Washington, DC area and am available to meet in person. In addition to direct grant writing services, I also provide one-on-one training. Be sure to contact me if you are seeking a Spanish speaking grant writer. I speak, read and write fluently in Spanish.

Through my partnership with Cal Miller and Associates I also offer half-day grant writing seminars.

San Francisco Grant Writer

My name is Ron Flavin and I am a highly successful grant writer serving San Francisco and the Bay Area. Over the past ten years I have secured more than $120 million in grants for my clients, obtaining single grant awards in excess of $9 million.

I believe that my strong entrepreneurial background holds the secret to my success as a grant writer. I started my first business (with a business partner) when I was 20 years old and have for the most part, been self-employed since then. Eventually, I decided to go back to school and get an education. Since then I’ve gotten a BA, an MBA and have just finished the coursework for my Doctorate. I am also fluent in Spanish (reading, writing and speaking).

I first began writing grants as a volunteer, where I found out that I really have a knack for it, even though I never studied it formally. As my success grew, word spread and more people started hiring me. I eventually took a job with the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, where I worked as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for about two years. I really liked working at the Norton but wanted the freedom to pursue some other avenues so in 2002 I went off on my own, working as a consultant and grant writer.

My entrepreneurial background enables me to approach projects not just from a writer’s perspective but from a businessperson’s perspective as well. Because of that i can look at projects objectively and keep the focus where it needs to be. I’m a no-nonsense, concise writer. I also regularly work as a professional grant reviewer for a number of state and federal funding agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Administration for Native Americans and more. My work as a reviewer gives me a unique insight into the key elements that set proposals that get funded apart from those that do not get funded. I am also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on the topic grants of all types.

I am especially skilled at writing grants for “hard to fund” projects and programs including businesses, substance abuse and alcoholism, ex-offenders and re-entry programs, capital campaigns, start-up projects, after-school programs and more. Most of my business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. My clients hire me again and again and even better, they recommend my services to their associates and colleagues. I don’t take on projects that are outside of my scope of expertise or experience. I won’t waste your time or mine if I don’t think I can help. My fees are reasonable with no hidden surprises. We agree on a price before I start the project. You can learn more about my skills and background by visiting my personal website here.

I write grants for San Francisco and Bay Area nonprofits, schools, universities, governmental agencies, businesses, churches and more. I live in Greenville, South Carolina but travel regularly to San Francisco and the Bay Area and am available to meet in person. In addition to direct grant writing services, I also provide one-on-one training. Be sure to contact me if you are seeking a Spanish speaking grant writer. I speak, read and write fluently in Spanish.

Through my partnership with Cal Miller and Associates I also offer half-day grant writing seminars.

Miami grant writer

My name is Ron Flavin and I am a highly successful grant writer serving the Miami area. I also write grants for clients in Broward County and Palm Beach County as well. Over the past ten years I have secured more than $120 million in grants for my clients, obtaining single grant awards in excess of $9 million.

I believe that my strong entrepreneurial background holds the secret to my success as a grant writer. I started my first business (with a business partner) when I was 20 years old and have for the most part, been self-employed since then. Eventually, I decided to go back to school and get an education. Since then I’ve gotten a BA, an MBA and have just finished the coursework for my Doctorate. I am also fluent in Spanish (reading, writing and speaking).

I first began writing grants as a volunteer, where I found out that I really have a knack for it, even though I never studied it formally. As my success grew, word spread and more people started hiring me. I eventually took a job with the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, where I worked as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for about two years. I really liked working at the Norton but wanted the freedom to pursue some other avenues so in 2002 I went off on my own, working as a consultant and grant writer.

My entrepreneurial background enables me to approach projects not just from a writer’s perspective but from a businessperson’s perspective as well. Because of that i can look at projects objectively and keep the focus where it needs to be. I’m a no-nonsense, concise writer. I also regularly work as a professional grant reviewer for a number of state and federal funding agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Administration for Native Americans and more. My work as a reviewer gives me a unique insight into the key elements that set proposals that get funded apart from those that do not get funded. I am also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on the topic grants of all types.

I am especially skilled at writing grants for “hard to fund” projects and programs including substance abuse and alcoholism, ex-offenders and re-entry programs, capital campaigns, start-up projects, after-school programs and more. Most of my business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. My clients hire me again and again and even better, they recommend my services to their associates and colleagues. I don’t take on projects that are outside of my scope of expertise or experience. I won’t waste your time or mine if I don’t think I can help. My fees are reasonable with no hidden surprises. We agree on a price before I start the project.

I write grants for Miami area nonprofits, schools, universities, governmental agencies, businesses, churches and more. I live in Greenville, South Carolina but travel regularly to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on an almost monthly basis and am available to meet in person. In addition to direct grant writing services, I also provide one-on-one training. Be sure to contact me if you are seeking a Spanish speaking grant writer. I speak, read and write fluently in Spanish.

Through my partnership with Cal Miller and Associates I also offer half-day grant writing seminars throughout South Florida.

Atlanta grant writer

My name is Ron Flavin and I am a highly successful grant writer serving the Atlanta area. Over the past ten years I have secured more than $120 million in grants for my clients, obtaining single grant awards in excess of $9 million.

I believe that my strong entrepreneurial background holds the secret to my success as a grant writer. I started my first business (with a business partner) when I was 20 years old and have for the most part, been self-employed since then.

Eventually, I decided to go back to school and get an education. Since then I’ve gotten a BA, an MBA and have just finished the coursework for my Doctorate. I am also fluent in Spanish (reading, writing and speaking).

I first began writing grants as a volunteer, where I found out that I really have a knack for it, even though I never studied it formally. As my success grew, word spread and more people started hiring me. I eventually took a job with the Norton Museum of Art where I worked as the Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations for about two years. I really liked working at the Norton but wanted the freedom to pursue some other avenues so in 2002 I went off on my own, working as a consultant and grant writer.

My entrepreneurial background enables me to approach projects not just from a writer’s perspective but from a businessperson’s perspective as well. Because of that i can look at projects objectively and keep the focus where it needs to be. I’m a no-nonsense, concise writer.  I also regularly work as a professional grant reviewer for a number of state and federal funding agencies including the Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Energy, Administration for Native Americans and more. My work as a reviewer gives me a unique insight into the key elements that set proposals that get funded apart from those that do not get funded. I am also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on the topic grants of all types.

I am especially skilled at writing grants for “hard to fund” projects and programs including substance abuse and alcoholism, ex-offenders and re-entry programs, capital campaigns, start-up projects, after-school programs and more.

Most of my business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. My clients hire me again and again and even better, they recommend my services to their associates and colleagues. I don’t take on projects that are outside of my scope of expertise or experience. I won’t waste your time or mine if I don’t think I can help. My fees are reasonable with no hidden surprises. We agree on a price before I start the project.

I write grants for Atlanta area nonprofits, schools, universities, governmental agencies, businesses, churches and more. I live in Greenville, South Carolina but travel regularly to Atlanta and am available to meet in person.

 

Demonstrating their ongoing commitment to small businesses, Chase and LivingSocial are sponsoring “Mission: Small Business℠” a grant program awarding up to $3 million to small business owners nationwide.

The Program, which will provide up to 12 individual grants of $250,000 was developed to provide small businesses with resources needed to make a positive impact on their business.

Visit the the program website for more information about this business grant opportunity.

Sustainable Cities: Urban Energy Planning for Smart Growth in China and India

This is a grant opportunity for energy firms interested in developing partnerships in India and China.

The objective of this FOA DE-FOA0000697: is to deploy U.S. technical expertise in the area of sustainable urban development to cities in China and India through a variety of activities such as strategic and policy planning and analysis, design and management, energy market assessment, energy modeling, financial management, improvement of governance in local bodies, workforce development, technical assessment and analysis.  Benefits to the U.S. can include increased partnership opportunities for U.S. clean energy technology companies so they can grow, exports of domestic clean energy technologies and services in rapidly expanding markets, as well as access to data on clean energy policy and programs success and challenges that can inform U.S. national and sub national policy development.

DOE anticipates providing $750,000 total to several Awardees over a period of up to two years to accomplish the goals of this funding opportunity. This FOA directly supports the goals of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), International Program.

You can find more information about this energy grant opportunity here.

The Cleantech Open 2012 Accelerator & Competition is open

The Cleantech Open runs the world’s largest accelerator, providing entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch successful cleantech companies. Its mission is to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today’s most urgent energy, environmental, and economic challenges.

The Cleantech Open Accelerator & Competition consists of a number of key activities; extensive mentoring, training, business clinics, access to investors and capital, numerous opportunities to showcase to the media and the public, and the competition itself. Since its inception in 2006, the Cleantech Open has awarded over $5M in cash and services to support cleantech growth companies. The 581 participating companies of the Cleantech Open’s accelerator programs have raised more than $660 million in external capital.

Visit the Cleantech website to learn more about this small business funding opportunity. Click HERE to visit site.

Clean energy funding competition

First Look West, a clean-energy business plan competition, seeks applicants with ready-to-go businesses or business concepts.

The contest, also called FLoW, offers a first prize of $100,000, a second-place prize of $60,000 and third-place prize of $40,000. It also offers mentoring programs, legal startup packages and the chance to pitch ideas to investors.

The top three FLoW finalists will become semifinalists in the 2012 Cleantech Open competition and receive invites to the Cleantech Open National Academy-West Coast.

Entry deadline for FLoW, which is open to students attending accredited universities throughout the Western U.S., is Feb. 28. Final judging will be April 30 and May 1 at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif.

Winning teams from six regions will compete in June at a competition held at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.

For more information visit flowdoe2012.istart.org to learn more or apply.