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Venture Challenge

Concept Proposal responses for the Build to Scale Program were sent via email at 12 noon ET on April 28, 2020 to the email address which submitted the Concept Proposal only. A total of 609 Concept Proposals were received with 138 receiving encourage responses. If you did not receive a response to this email, contact oie@eda.gov. At this time, the Full Application deadline remains June 14 and your organization must have submitted a Concept Proposal to be eligible to submit a Full Application. Please note, this is still an active competition and EDA will not be able to provide individual feedback on Concept Proposals at this time.

The FY20 Venture Challenge (formerly known as the “i6 Challenge”) seeks to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth in communities, regions or combinations of regions.

The Venture Challenge awards grants to intermediary organizations like accelerators, universities, and non-profits supporting new business ventures that are…

  • scalable by nature,
  • challenging the status quo of established markets,
  • commercializing technologies, and;
  • furthering job creation within their businesses

The Venture Challenge may award up to $26 million in grants in FY2020.

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Past Awards

2019 i62018 i62017 i62016 i62015 i62014 i6


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