You have a business, but need that extra boost. That’s why we’re here.
Launch is a community based effort led and funded by local financial institutions that was created to help Lakeland entrepreneurs take their business concept to the next level. Launch provides micro-grants up to $10,000 to entrepreneurs who meet the requirements, fill out the application, and successfully pitch their concepts to Launch’s investment team.
It’s like Shark Tank. But with happy people.
Applications Open: January 29
Applications Due: March 28
Pitch Night: April 17
Applications Open: July 23
Applications Due: September 26
Pitch Night: October 16
6 Pitch Nights
13 Grants Awarded
HOW DOES THE GRANT WORK?
Successful pitches will be awarded up to $10,000.
- Personal Items
- Legal Fees
- Hiring Staff
- Purchasing Property
- Items that require unsecured additional funding to complete the project
- Projects related to: Real Estate, Accounting, Insurance
- Religiously-affiliated businesses
- Business that do not have a Lakeland zip code. Other Polk County zip codes do not qualify (i.e. – Mulberry, Bartow, Auburndale, etc.)
Pay it back?
- No, this is a grant, not a loan.
- If you receive a grant, we ask that you invest 25% of Launch’s initial investment back into the fund within 24 months.
- Grantees will also be required to give a 90-day report of what they’ve done with the grant money.
Am I qualified?
- Applicants must be 18 years or older.
- Business must be between 6 months and 5 years old.
- You must have sales and proof of concept.
- Business must be located in Lakeland, Florida.
- Business must have had less than $1,000,000 in sales the previous year.
- Business must be a formed legal entity.
- Applicants must not be eligible for traditional bank lending.
- New to Lakeland concepts
- Boot Camp course required before submitting application**
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