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STARTUP Downtown Franklin


STARTUP Downtown Franklin is the ideal program to get you started on the pathway to becoming your own boss with the opportunity to win $20,000 for first place or $10,000 for second place in prize money. You can apply conveniently online, by mail, or in person at the Franklin Business Center starting on January 01, 2018. Click here to Apply >




Over the course of several months, at no cost to you, we will be providing seven two-hour training courses to participants taught by faculty from Old Dominion University. These courses cover topics that are key to successfully launching your own business venture. THESE CLASSES ARE FOR PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS ONLY.




Submit your business plan by April 25, 2018 then pitch your business plan to our panel of judges on May 02, 2018 for your chance to win $20,000 for first place, or $10,000 for second place to put towards your business! You will be provided with all of the training and tools that you will need to develop your business plan. You will then pitch your business idea for Downtown Franklin to a panel of judges. $20,000 for first place or $10,000 for second place in prize money is available for distribution to the top and most successful pitches as determined by the judges.



Winners to be announced and grants to be awarded. The award monies can be used for operating expenses including equipment, rent, renovations, inventory and marketing. Those awarded grant money must agree to be in business and open a storefront in Downtown Franklin by September 30, 2018 with all award monies spent by December 01, 2018.


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