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edg3 FUND

We realize one of the biggest barriers for entrepreneurs is lack of funding, so Kitsap Bank is offering $20,000 through its edg3 FUND small business competition to help entrepreneurs dedicated to growing our local community economically, socially and environmentally.


Congratulations To Our 2017 edg3 FUND $20,000 Winner: Home Made Café                                                                    

Congratulations also to our Community edg3 $5,000 award winner: Cascade Hygiene (Bremerton, WA)

The 2017 Competition

To provide funding for entrepreneurs dedicated to growing our community economically, socially and environmentally.

Competition Timeline

Entry Period: July 3-July 28 at 5pm
Judges Select 10-15 Semifinalists: August 18
Public Voting/Private Judging: September 18-29
Top 5 Finalists Selected: October 6
Live Event-Finalists make their pitches and a panel of independent judges will award $20,000: November 16


The 2017 application period has now ended.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

--Alignment With Mission – The company’s ability to meet the edg3 FUND mission of growing our community economically, socially and environmentally
--Impact - $20,000 would make a significant difference to the applicant’s business.
--Viability - The company has a clear vision for the future, and the foreseeable future for the business looks promising.
--Uniqueness - The business is unique or innovative and addresses a need, or solves a problem in an "out-of-the-box" way.

Meet Past Winners

2016 Winner-Bridgecare Finance. Bridgecare Finance offers a bridge in financing to break down the cost barriers of high quality childcare for working families. They offer short term lines of credit, reducing a family's monthly childcare bill by up to 50%. Once families' loans are paid back they can elect to continue automatic payments into the savings account to build a bright financial future.

Learn more about our 2016 edg3 FUND Competition

2016 Community edg3 Winner-The Smithshyre. The Smithshyre, located in Poulsbo, is a local, "actually organic homestead" focused on providing organic, pasture-raised poultry for your dinner table. The Smithshyre's mission is clean, socially responsible food with no chemicals, no fancy genetics, just "actual organic" food and they believe in putting local food on every table.

Hear fromThe Smithshyre Owners, Erin and Roni Smith

--------------- 2015 Winner-OlyKrautOlyKraut has been hand-crafting sauerkrauts, pickles, and sipping brines in Olympia, Washington since 2008. Owner Sash Sunday, believes in growing a healthy regional food system by using locally-sourced, organic ingredients and building connections with local farmers. OlyKraut is using the $20,000 cash infusion to help scale its business and increase capacity by building a cooler customized for the business' growing needs.

Hear from OlyKraut Owner, Sash Sunday

--------------- 2014 Winner-Pawzii, Inc.An online pet licensing product founded in 2013 in Bremerton, WA, Pawzii, Inc. is focused on redefining how pet owners adopt, license and protect their pets. Pawzii works closely with local municipalities to make it simple to license your pet online. The $20,000 edg3 FUND prize has helped Pawzii develop additional technology and scale their business. Hear from Pawzii’s Founder & CEO, Alec Matias

Official Rules for the 2017 edg3 FUND small business competition

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact us at edg3fund@kitsapbank.com!

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