Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Commissioner Jean Monestime launched a new round of grants from BizUp, a $1 million business innovation start-up grant program for local small businesses.
Businesses can apply online now through Aug. 28.
This program is managed in partnership with StartUP FIU and Bank of America, and it will award local startups direct grants worth up to $100,000 and provide finalists up to one year of robust technical support. Small businesses registered in Miami-Dade County who are creating a positive community impact, and aligned with Mayor Levine Cava’s Four E’s — Equity, Engagement, Environment, and Economy — should apply.
“Small businesses drive Miami-Dade’s economy. Through this innovative grant program, we can help our local entrepreneurs thrive,” said Mayor Levine Cava. “I’m proud to have created this program with Commissioner Monestime, a small business champion. In total, BizUp will award $1 million to small businesses operating, hiring, and creating jobs right here in Miami-Dade County.”
The top 30 finalists will pitch their ideas in person to a panel of investors and industry experts at one of two sessions on Sept. 15-16, and Oct. 19-20.
To be considered, businesses must submit a five-minute pre-recorded pitch and:
• Must be registered in Miami-Dade County;
• Have been in business a minimum of one year or a maximum of five years in Miami-Dade County;
• More than 51 percent ownership lives in Miami-Dade;
• Have a positive community impact, and
• Operate in one of the following industries: technology, construction, food, retail and wholesale, or service providers.
“My goal in authoring BizUp was to assist with the sustainability of small businesses in our community, with a special focus on innovation and equity,” said Commissioner Monestime. “I look forward to Miami-Dade County creating more small business success stories and becoming even more of a hub for entrepreneurs to realize their vision of business formation and contribution to the South Florida economy.”
Deadline to apply: Aug. 28
For more information, visit miamidade.gov/strive305.