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)
To provide funding for entrepreneurs dedicated to growing our community economically, socially and environmentally.
- Competition Timeline
Entry Period: July 2-July 31 at 5pm
Judges Select 10-15 Semifinalists: August 24
Public Voting/Private Judging: September 17-28
Top 5 Finalists Selected: October 5
Live Event-Finalists make their pitches and a panel of independent judges will award $20,000: November 15
The 2018 application will be available on July 2, 2018.
- 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
2017 Winner-HomeMade Cafe. Home Made Cafe was established when the owners’ ten year old daughter fell very ill, and ultimately was diagnosed with an allergy to high fructose corn syrup. For the family, going out to eat was nearly impossible. Their experiences with food allergies motivated them to create a café where families with food allergies could come and enjoy a meal made from scratch with quality ingredients (non-processed). Home Made Café not only serves real food, but they also give back to the community by donating to the South Kitsap Helpline Food Bank and participating in a program called Lunch Camp, which provides free lunches for kids in need in the community. At the Home Made Café they make “Real Food for Real People.”
2017 Community edg3 Winner-Cascade Hygiene. Cascade Hygiene LLC, located in Bremerton, is a mobile dental hygiene service, providing dental services to anyone with limited access to care. Their primary focus is the elderly, disabled, and low-income communities. Cascade Hygiene provides dental cleanings, oral cancer and head and neck screenings, fluoride varnish treatments and many other services. The fees are on average 30-50% less than a traditional dental office, and no one is denied care due to an inability to pay.
Learn more about our 2017 edg3 FUND Competition
--------------- 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.
--------------- 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
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