Kansas City’s first entrepreneurship competition for formerly incarcerated people
Hosted by Determination, Incorporated
The Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Competition is to help formerly incarcerated people in the Kansas City-area kick start their business endeavors by competing for grants and completing a simplified business plan, project plan, and a professional and entrepreneurial portfolio. Applications are accepted in two categories:
This is a test: Every business starts with a little experiment to see how potential customers will react to your product or service. (For for-profit businesses currently in the idea phase)
Fuel: If you already have a small business up and running and need a boost. . . we can help. (For existing, for-profit businesses with regular customers. See “Notes” below for more details)
For this Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship competition in November 2019 during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the judging panel will award 3 grants worth $750 in the “This is a test” category, and 1 grant worth $1500 in the “Fuel” category.
How to compete:
Rise: Submit this interest form and we will be in touch to set up. . .
Up: Schedule 1-on-1 with Determination, Incorporated team and a KCSourceLink Resource Navigator
Get: Submit full application
Started: Attend at least 3 Be the Boss business support groups or Rise Up, Get Started working sessions between July-November 2019 (schedule below)
Applications open: July 9
Applications due: Monday, November 11
Judging session: Thursday, November 14
Rise Up, Get Started Entrepreneurship Competition award event: TBD, November 18-22 during Global Entrepreneurship Week
Questions? Contact Kyle J Smith, co-founder of Determination, Incorporated: firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-607-1873.