The Hillsborough Community College Entrepreneurship Program, in partnership with Operation Startup and our local and national supporters offers various potential funding opportunities for your business. In addition, scholarships are available for Veterans and active duty service members enrolled in our college credit entrepreneurship program(s).
Thanks to the generosity of the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund, HCC was selected to provide a matching $250,000 seed fund to everyday entrepreneurs.. Upon completion of one of our college credit entrepreneurship programs, you will qualify to apply for up seed funding through our Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund
BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITIONS
Throughout the year, Operation Startup offers various business pitch competitions through our college credit program, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium, the Social Entrepreneurship Education Day, BizSprint, and other business pitch events. Check back here periodically to find out about new pitch competition funding opportunities.
The Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund
Stop Talking, Start Doing
Through the bold vision, and generosity of the Everyday Entrepreneur Venture Fund Foundation, the HCC Entrepreneurship Program was able to secure a $250,000 matching seed fund grant for our students to launch and grow their businesses. Complete one of our entrepreneurship college credit certificates or degrees, get assigned to a business mentor/advisor, and qualify to apply into our $250,000 seed fund.
Funding options include:
1) Grants for funding requests up to $8,000.
2) Interest free loans for funding requests up to $35,000.
3) Below market interest bearing loans for funding requests up to $75,000.
The EEVF seed fund is designed to give the everyday entrepreneur an opportunity to launch and grow a business. The hope is that these businesses will scale-up, and positively impact our community, while providing the business owner with an extraordinary opportunity to build a business that will transform their life. Whether you have an idea for a business or an existing business already, we can help you business reach new heights through our entrepreneurship education programs, active mentoring, and funding through EEVF. We are here to help you meet the eligibility criteria below.
Complete one of the HCC college credit entrepreneurship programs
Complete a validated business model, feasibility plan, and set of financial statements.
Form a legal business entity.
Have a business website and short video that explains your business.
Completed EEVF funding application
HOW DO I . . . . .
Learn about the various entrepreneurship program tracks offered at HCC. Select a program that is best for you. We offer 12 and 25 college credit certificates, and AA and AS degress in entrepreneurship. Learn more
Upon completion of your first two entrepreneurship courses, you will be assigned to a dedicated mentor who will help you complete your feasibility plan and financials, so you are prepared to apply for EEVF funding.
Complete your fourth entrepreneurship course, put together your EEVF application, and prepare to present in front of the funding committee. Your dedicated faculty members and mentor will hep guide you through this process.
Present in front of the EEVF funding committee. Funding rounds will occur twice per year, once in November, and once in May. If you receive funding, you will be assigned to additional mentors, advising, and other resources to help you succeed.
Founded by retired Lieutenant Colonel Karen Mertes, the Fulfill Your Destiny Business Builders Grant provides funding to everyday entrepreneurs that have experienced life changing events, and have fought hard to overcome these challenges.
Business Builders Grant Program
In 2017, Operation Startup, Hillsborough Community College, and Fulfill Your Destiny partnered together to launch the Business Builders Grant Program. This grant is offered several times per year, and is awarded to those early stage entrepreneurs that have exhibited the ability to rise above a life challenge, and demonstrate persistence and a desire to build a business. We have had two rounds of funding thus far. The next round of funding will be in 2018. Check back soon for application details and more information.
FULFILL YOUR DESTINY PRESENTED FOUR $1000 BUSINESS BUILDER GRANTS’
IN THE SPRING OF 2017
Amanda Milligan with Excel Match, LLC; Christopher Crist with CC’s Gourmet Products, LLC; Patricia Himes with La Belle Earth; and Rosie Lee with Divergent Dimension, LLC all receive a $1000 Business Builder Grant from Fulfill Your Destiny.. Clinton E. Day, Entrepreneurship Adjunct Professor wrote, “Kudos for the work you are doing. You are truly walking the talk by helping with nano grants, an excellent way to reward and encourage wannabe entrepreneurs.”