Past Winners

Idea Awarded
Graped Out

Graped Out

Wine production and series of wine tasting pop ups that are based around food, live music and local live art.

George Walker III Learn More
$5,000
CurlCase by Wear Your Curls

CurlCase by Wear Your Curls

Wear Your Curls is a about empowering those with naturally curly hair and helping them embrace their natural beauty.

Felisha Rodriguez Learn More
$5,000
Sympl.

Sympl.

Sympl.'s platform puts power in the hands of learners so that they have more control over what, when and how they learn.

Matthew Eleweke Learn More
$5,000
Kuntry Cookin Food Truck/Trailer

Kuntry Cookin Food Truck/Trailer

Kuntry Cookin desires to obtain a food truck/trailer so that we can expand business areas and serve more people.

Destinee Keener-Sargent Learn More
$5,000
Fluent Find

Fluent Find

Find local events and attend them with fluent speakers to improve a language you are learning.

Jake Deutmeyer Learn More
$5,000
Calvin’s Lawn Care

Calvin’s Lawn Care

Calvin's Lawn Care is as homegrown business that was started up about a year ago, by myself Calvin Pimpleton.

Calvin Pimpleton Learn More
$5,000
AgHelp

AgHelp

AgHelp is "Yelp" for ag-jobs. We help agriculture employers find workers and connect workers with local support services

Feliciano Paredes Learn More
$5,000
THE ONLY BEAN

THE ONLY BEAN

The Only Bean is a plant-based food company focused on using beans to create healthy and delicious food products.

Brian Lai Learn More
$5,000
Zeal Aerial Fitness

Zeal Aerial Fitness

Zeal offers alternative fitness classes focusing on pole, silk and hoop in an atmosphere designed to set passion free.

Christina Vandam Learn More
$5,000
Pack Elephant

Pack Elephant

Gourmet, artisanal gift bags sourced 100% from artists and craftsman local to Grand Rapids. Etsy meets Local First.

Winsome Kirton Learn More
$5,000
Abeshi FYAH Truck

Abeshi FYAH Truck

Bringing Ghanaian cuisine to the heart of downtown Muskegon through food and culture and positive vibes.

Tacitus Learn More
$5,000
Storefront/Commercial Kitchen for Rise Grand Rapids

Storefront/Commercial Kitchen for Rise Grand Rapids

Rise is in need of our own kitchen & storefront to make our allergy conscious pastries more accessible to our customers.

Nick Van Liere Learn More
$5,000
Soldadera Coffee: Revolution Starts with Diversity

Soldadera Coffee: Revolution Starts with Diversity

Soldadera Coffee's goal is to bring a unique cultural experience to the world through Cold Brew coffee with a purpose.

Mario Rodriguez-Garcia Learn More
$5,000
The Hustle House

The Hustle House

The Hustle House is a Urban clothing line that allows its customers the ability to create their own fashion statements.

Avery Andrews Learn More
$5,000
The Kayak Buddy

The Kayak Buddy

Device to allow kayaker to EXTREMELY EASILY enter/exit a kayak from dock and store the kayak over the water.

Rick Brown Learn More
$5,000
re-Contour for Breast Reconstruction

re-Contour for Breast Reconstruction

A supportive dressing for breast reconstruction that simultaneously provides scar therapy during post-op healing period.

Julie Hyde-Edwards Learn More
$5,000
Guarded Safety

Guarded Safety

Guarded is a mobile safety application aimed at increasing student safety on college campuses.

Bryan Caragay Learn More
$5,000
Retro Future Films: A Conundrum and A Paradox

Retro Future Films: A Conundrum and A Paradox

I want to start a film company that focuses on stories centered on the conundrum of time and the paradox of people.

Julian Newman Learn More
$5,000
High Hopes Hammock Co.

High Hopes Hammock Co.

We sell an innovative camping hammocks and for every hammock sold we eradicate poverty.

Connor Moynihan Learn More
$5,000
The Printmobile

The Printmobile

Hitting the road to design, print, & deliver store specific apparel to Michigan's retailers.

Kylen Blom Learn More
$5,000
Koren Graphic Design

Koren Graphic Design

Koren Graphic Design,es un servicio bilingüe, creativo de diseño grafico e impresión a la comunidad hispana de Michigan.

Jose Abreu Learn More
$5,000
Locker Lifestyle

Locker Lifestyle

Locker Lifestyle™ provides innovative products for any active lifestyle.

Kat Samardzija Learn More
$5,000
DELASIE - Ready-to-Wear Summer Collection

DELASIE - Ready-to-Wear Summer Collection

Provide a handmade ready-to-wear summer collection for men and women, leading to fashion show on July 14th.

Rhoda Klomega Learn More
$5,000
The Oasis Aquaponic Food Production System

The Oasis Aquaponic Food Production System

An ultra-low cost aquaponics system designed to increase food security in the developing world.

Michelle Leach Learn More
$5,000
Tailor Made Bridal // A Curvy Woman Bridal Boutique

Tailor Made Bridal // A Curvy Woman Bridal Boutique

Tailor Made Bridal is a curvy woman bridal boutique. We create a culture in which curves are fitted, styled and adored.

Krystle Hunter Learn More
$5,000
Love Bites Treatery

Love Bites Treatery

Vitamin-packed organic treats for cats and dogs - half sold, half donated to pets in need!

Josie Devon Richardson Learn More
$5,000
Cosmetology classes in Spanish speaking Beauty  Salon

Cosmetology classes in Spanish speaking Beauty Salon

The idea is to have the Cosmetology apprenticeship program in Spanish in my Beauty salon .

Mireya Antonio Correa Learn More
$5,000
Malamiah Mobile

Malamiah Mobile

My idea is a mobile juice and smoothie truck (Malamiah Mobile). It’s like instant health on wheels!

Jermale Eddie Learn More
$5,000
Tiger Tech

Tiger Tech

Easy-install, solar-powered lighting units. No wires, drilling holes, or vehicle degradation.

Luciano Learn More
$5,000
I Got Face - AT YOUR SERVICE

I Got Face - AT YOUR SERVICE

At Your Service provides hair, make-up, and wardrobe all at once for your next GLAM project in a mobile unit on the go.

Latesha Lipscomb Learn More
$5,000
Stir It Up Bakery

Stir It Up Bakery

Stir It Up is a startup bakery that employs individuals with special needs.

Zoe Bruyn Learn More
$5,000
Good Food - Cultivating Community

Good Food - Cultivating Community

To take our gleaning initiative mobile. To bring good food to people and communities without being limited by location.

Lisa Sisson Learn More
$5,000
The Fishbowl Project

The Fishbowl Project

The Fishbowl is a place where arts organizations talk about their events and people who love the arts learn about them.

Natalie Carmolli Learn More
$5,000
Mi City Swap

Mi City Swap

City SWAP Project connects residents of one Michigan city to another to learn about, better understand and network.

Jeanette Pierce Learn More
$5,000
WERTH•RACK

WERTH•RACK

We developed a novel way to store folding walkers independent of one another. A simple solution to a BIG problem.

Melanie Koops and Chris Werth Learn More
$5,000
Fathom

Fathom

An easy to use, smart device integrated, underwater drone that makes underwater exploration accessible to the masses.

Danny Vessells Learn More
$5,000
Ben’s Buzz Box

Ben’s Buzz Box

A new beehive with the goal of improving the health of the honeybee through design.

Ben Logan Learn More
$5,000
PIECES OF ME

PIECES OF ME

Pieces of Me uses self/peer-identified traits to create designs reflecting a representation of each buyer’s personality

Elsa Vogel Learn More
$5,000
KNITit

KNITit

KNITit is a company that specializes in 3D weft knit product. Imagine a process than creates a 3D product in one phase.

Liz Bartlett Learn More
$5,000
OneBowl

OneBowl

The OneBowl is a microwave-safe single serving bowl with a built-in strainer and a snap-on lid.

Justin Herd Learn More
$5,000
Ambrose - A Collaborative Design & Print Lab

Ambrose - A Collaborative Design & Print Lab

Ambrose is a collaborative design & print lab that is productive by day and instructional by night.

Adam Weiler Learn More
$5,000
Crowd Funding for Scholarships - FundScholars.org

Crowd Funding for Scholarships - FundScholars.org

Fund Scholars is a crowd funding platform for college scholarships whose goal is to disrupt the student debt game.

Nathan Cahill Learn More
$5,000
My Great Lake

My Great Lake

Show the world our appreciation for the Great Lakes and all they represent through lake-specific gear and events.

Kylen Blom Learn More
$2,000
Hey! Grand Rapids!  Let’s Eat!!!

Hey! Grand Rapids!  Let’s Eat!!!

A web show featuring the great ethnic restaurants and diverse cultures in GR that challenges you to check them out.

Corey Ruffin Learn More
$3,000
Super Awesome Brewing Co-op

Super Awesome Brewing Co-op

I want to create a super awesome brewer’s co-op/ taproom to teach brewing, beer knowledge, and serve amazing beer.

Dallas McCulloch Learn More
$5,000
2012 West Michigan Culinary & Artisan Skill Series

2012 West Michigan Culinary & Artisan Skill Series

A year long program of cooking classes, artisan skill workshops, seminars and trips featuring local teachers & experts.

Molly Clauhs Learn More
$2,500
Rag Trade GR

Rag Trade GR

Rag Trade; (noun, slang) informally the clothing/garment industry, a one-stop source for fashion information in GR.

Jerrad Matthew Learn More
$2,500
Cleaning with Kindness

Cleaning with Kindness

Steve Frazee
$5,000
The 599 Club

The 599 Club

Jon Bell
$5,000
Uptown Kitchen

Uptown Kitchen

Kelly LeCoy
$5,000
Mull-It-Over

Mull-It-Over

Bruce Burgess
$3,000
Easy Crutch

Easy Crutch

Mick Hanna
$1,000
Compression Bee Hive Frame

Compression Bee Hive Frame

William Stewart
$1,000
Weather Collage

Weather Collage

AJ Paschka
$5,000
Fire & Knife

Fire & Knife

Brian Gerrity
$2,000
Grand Rapids Walking Tours App

Grand Rapids Walking Tours App

Joshua Leo
$750
Fashionation

Fashionation

Perian Olson
$750
Dave’s Great GREEN Tomato Cage

Dave’s Great GREEN Tomato Cage

Dave Schemmel
$750
Upside Down Movie Nights

Upside Down Movie Nights

Steve Zaagman
$750
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