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.

2018 DATES

Applications Open: TBA

Applications Due: TBA

Pitch Night: TBA

6 Pitch Nights

$123,521 Funded

13 Grants Awarded



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
  • Nonprofits
  • 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**




Complete Required Documents




Grant Recipients

Reeve’s Lawncare

Dave Reeves received a grant of $10,000 towards his startup company, Reeve’s Lawn Care, a full…

Boondock Studios

Boondock Studios makes handmade leather goods, woven fibers, hand-cut stone products, and other…

Cheeses & Crust

Cheeses & Crust received a grant of $10,000. This unique startup focuses on providing fresh-to-order grilled…

Steed Armor

Justyna Thomson of Steed Armor received a grant of $10,000. Steed Armor creates high-quality saddle..

Little Remi

Chase & Shannon Webber of Little Remi received a grant of $6,500. Little Remi sells all natural products…

The Balance Culture

The Balance Culture received a grant of $10,000 in order to purchase 21 spin bikes for their women’s fitness…

Rane Made

Raney Wade, owner of Rane Made, received a grant of $5,000 in order to purchase sewing machines that…

Journey Box Media

Kevin O’Brien received a $10,000 grant to purchase camera equipment that will will help elevate the quality…

New Sound Acoustics

Noel Rosa, founder of New Sound Acoustics, received a $10,000 grant to increase his inventory in order to…

A Cow Named MOO

Patrick & Sarah Mulcahy received a $10,000 grant to purchase commercial equipment that will…

Born & Bread Bakehouse

Jenn Smurr, Owner and Founder, received a $9,000 grant to purchase a new double stack oven. This will…