2022 Blackstone LaunchPad by StartupTree Ideas Competition

Competition Open: Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 8:51 PM (US/Pacific)

Deadline: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 5:30 PM (US/Pacific)

Virtual

Competition created by College of Southern Nevada

🌄PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Blackstone LaunchPad Ideas Competition is designed to provide students with early-stage ideas to compete for cash prizes!

More importantly, participating students will gain access to the LaunchPad program on their campus, to get the support on their entrepreneurship journey and skill-building.

This signature program supports LaunchPad’s goal in de-risking entrepreneurship, broadening accessibility, and diversifying engagement with a focus on recruiting underrepresented and under-resourced students to participate.

The competition is virtual, hosted on the StartupTree platform.

🚝CHOOSE YOUR TRACK

Participants will need to select 1 of the following 4 tracks.

  • Social and Climate Impact
  • Health & Life Science
  • Consumer Products & Services
  • General 

🏆PRIZES

The winners of the [Campus Round] will take home $1,000. Furthermore, four (4) finalists from each campus will move forward to the [Network Round] competing for $10,000 in additional prize money to further develop your idea.

👤ELIGIBILITY

The applicant must…

  • be a current student (undergraduate) ​
  • be a founder/co-founder (i.e., the person with the original idea)
  • be in the earliest stages – have an idea or have just started building on an idea
  • create a profile on Startup Tree and apply as an individual or in teams of  2​

📆IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 9/14/2022: Application for Campus Round Open
  • 10/25/2022: Deadline for Campus Round 
  • 10/25/2022 – 10/28/2022: Campus Round Deliberation Period
    • Applicants will be evaluated and scored
  • November 1st – November 16th: Winner from each track across each school invited to finalist network round
    • If you are selected as Finalist, you will be invited to the Network Round
  • November 16th: Deadline for Network Round Finalist Participation
    • More information and link to apply will be shared with Finalists
  • December 6th: Network Round winners announced

You must create a profile on Startup Tree to enter.  Use this link to create your profile
CSN Blackstone LaunchPad | SignUp (startuptree.co)

The GLCCNV/Cox Business Grants

 

Applications Deadline ~ July 8, 2022 ~ 5pm

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What do Facebook, DreamWorks, PayPal, and Apple have in common? Each was founded or co-founded by someone from the LGBTQ community. With an estimated 1.6 million LGBTQ-owned businesses in the U.S., it’s not surprising that LGBTQ people have built some of the most successful companies on earth. That being said, everyone must start somewhere.

We know that things have been tough on businesses big and small, and because of these circumstances, you may be putting off one of your big ideas to bring your business to the next level. If you were given $5,000 to improve your business, how would you spend it? Now’s your chance to bring your big idea to fruition.

To learn more about the grant, the application process and submission deadline, please click the “Download Application” button below.

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The most successful leaders and business owners never stop learning. If you were given $5,000 to improve your knowledge and/or business-related skills, how would you spend it?

The GLCCNV / Cox Business Educational Grant offers financial assistance to help a current or future small-business owner (who is also a member of the GLCCNV) with an investment in their business education (i.e., certification, degree, staff training/education, etc.).

To learn more about the scholarship, the application process and submission deadline, please click on the “Download Application” button below.

 

Filoso Barber Brand Becomes The First To Create a Latino-Owned Razor Blade For Barbers in The U.S.

The Chicano Luxury Brand, Filoso, has now become the first Latino-owned razor blade for barbers in the entire United States. Created by former CSN student and Vegas native, Francisco Carbajal along with serial entrepreneur from Monterrey, Mexico, Jorshua Nieto, Filoso is carving a new path for entrepreneurs by showing them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.

With community at the center, Filoso is more than a barber brand that provides the highest quality tools and products at a low cost, it’s a transfer of confidence to be the sharpest barber, entrepreneur and family member of the community.

“We owe a huge part of our success to Kevin Raiford from NV Grow and Blackstone Launchpad who has helped us. The grant that they provided was great and even more the tools they provided, like having a marketing consultant, has helped us structure the foundation of Filoso which has been essential for our growth,” says Jorshua Nieto, co-owner of Filoso.

NV Grow, a partner of The BlackStone Launchpad, is a State of Nevada small business initiative customized for Southern Nevada existing businesses that have over $50,000 and less than $70,000 in sales. Spearheaded by Kevin Raiford, NV Grow has provided Filoso funding through NVenture Fund along with additional resources.

“We’ve provided funding to get them their initial inventory and it’s a worthwhile investment as we know they are going to become a dynamic international business source,” says Kevin Raiford, Director of NV Grow.

With Latinos being the second highest population working in the barber shop industry in the U.S. and Spanish being the highest spoken language outside of English in the industry, Filoso is making history.

It all started when Francisco Carbajal, a barber with 10 years of experience, was found without being able to cut hair during the beginning of the pandemic because of social distancing. So he looked for alternative ways to serve barbers like him and through posting tutorials on YouTube, he realized there was a large audience of barbers that were experiencing a shortage of barber tools and products.

With love for the Chicano culture and after noticing that there was a need for goods made by Latino barbers, serviced to Latino barbers, Francisco teamed up with Jorshua Nieto, and created Filoso Barber Brand.

Now, history has been made and there is only going up from here.

D’Santy Huaraches Powerfully Impacts DACA Recipients With Their Product

With the goal to help you connect with your roots, D’Santy Huaraches has created a powerful way for DACA recipients to connect with their homeland, even when many cannot visit those areas due to travel restrictions. By creating a handmade sandal from Mexico, D’Santy is bringing a piece of home to those who wear it, specifically DACA recipients, becoming an impactful brand for many. Created by Maria and Rolando Haro, the brother and sister duo have turned a difficult situation to one of empowerment and created a business out of it.

“When we immigrated to the United States from Mexico, we would wear the sandals that our family would make by hand to school, and we would get made fun of for wearing them and the way we spoke English,” says Rolando from D’Santy.

“Now after 55 years in business, we have changed the narrative to be one of empowerment in your roots and encouraging many other people like us to proudly wear them,” says Maria. “For DACA recipients this is powerful because we know how hard it can be to not be able to visit your homeland. Through the huaraches we bring from Mexico, we can help DACA recipients, like our younger sister, connect with their roots. That’s the goal and we’ve been able to make this happen thanks to the support of many people including Kevin Raiford from NV Grow, who has helped us grow so much.”

NV Grow, a partner of Blackstone Launchpad, has provided D’Santy Huaraches funding through their NVenture Fund and also provided direct services like a marketing consultant and social media strategist, which has increased their sales and exposure, allowing them to see their vision and their grandpa’s vision come to life.

“We helped provide them with funding to help expand their product line and we know that because of their heritage and work ethic they are going to be a continued success,” says Kevin Raiford, Director of NV Grow.

What started as Maria and Rolando’s grandparents making shoes by hand in the huarache capital of the world: Michoacan, Mexico, then transitioned to their dad selling the huaraches at the swap meets in Las Vegas and now, they have become an international success via online sales. “We want to show people that it’s possible and that there is help out there,” says Rolando. Now, D’Santy Huaraches is the leading huarache retailer in all of North America, becoming a leader in the industry and to the overall community, showing you the power of connecting with your roots.

Where’s the Contract? Resources for Veteran-Owned Businesses in Nevada – Nevada SBDC

December 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development’s (GOED’s) Nevada Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Procurement Outreach Program (POP) and the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to learn more about government/public sector contracting — these virtual presentations, which are presented at no charge, are designed for Nevada for-profit businesses …

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Support Small Business Saturday 2021

Saturday, November 27, 2021, is Small Business Saturday.

 

After the turkey, the football games, and the Black Friday frenzy, there’s a special day set aside to support local, neighborhood businesses…

 

Every year, Small Business Saturday falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year this special day is on November 27, 2021.

 

Now more than ever local small businesses need our support. Let’s Go Shop Small everywhere in Nevada.

 

Also, check out Shop Small Every Saturday and share Shop Small Nevada flyers in English and Spanish.

 

LEARN MORE , visit SBA.

Spanish-language Intellectual Property Series

The USPTO is offering a new Spanish-language intellectual property (IP) webinar series that may be of interest to the entrepreneur, startup, and small business communities.  This free, virtual five-part series starts on October 6 and will repeat every quarter. USPTO experts lead the series that includes the basics of patents and trademarks plus USPTO resources available to the public.

USPTO Spanish-language Intellectual Property Series

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