Programs for Entrepreneurs

Competition THRIVE

As part of New York City's efforts to support growth and job creation in immigrant communities, Competition THRIVE seeks to develop innovative strategies and programs that help immigrant entrepreneurs succeed in business.

2013 Competition THRIVE

The 2014 Competition

Competition THRIVE invites organizations to develop proposals that promote scalable, growth opportunities for New York City’s immigrant-entrepreneurial community. Plans should be innovative and enable immigrant entrepreneurs to start, operate, and expand their businesses in New York City.

Five finalists will receive $25,000 to pilot their program. Following the pilot period, one winner will receive an additional $100,000.

2014 Finalists

Finalists were selected by a panel of judges comprised of business, non-profit, and academic leaders, and representatives from New York City government, based on the utility, scalability, and sustainability of their proposals. The finalists and their programs include:

Business Outreach Center Network: BOC Network will combine training and networking activities to support immigrant-owned construction businesses by creating a cohesive support system that will promote the concept of teaming to immigrant-owned businesses, providing necessary skills, and specialized support. 

National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC): NCRC will blend bonding opportunities with technical assistance through the Bond Portal, a unique web application that will serve immigrant entrepreneurs by addressing two key components of growing their businesses: access to capital and local business connections.

Urban Justice Center/Street Vendor Project: The Street Vendor Academy will provide comprehensive training to build food-cart vendors compliance strategy, financial, technological, marketing and customer service skills.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation: The Bronx Restaurant Retailers Coop will represent immigrant restaurant owners who are willing to work together to centralize buying, delivery, and storage operations to realize cost savings and provide healthier options to Bronx residents and visitors.

The Working World: The Worker Owned Rockaway Cooperatives project will maintain the strength of the existing cooperatives and support immigrant leadership of the program through the launch of a six-month fellowship program. Worker cooperatives represent an innovative and creative alternative to more traditional business structures. All members of a cooperatively-run business share the labor, decisions, responsibilities, profits, and ownership shares.

Prize Structure

Round I: $25,000 seed grant for program development awarded to five finalists

Round II: $100,000 program grant, promotional services, awarded to one grand prize winner

Key Dates

Round I
March 11 - May 8, 2014Submission Period
April 8, 2014Information Session
May 8, 2014 (midnight)Submission Deadline
July 2, 2014Finalists Announced
Round II
June - December 2014Pilot Period
December 11, 2014 Final Business Plan Due
January 13, 2015 Award Ceremony

Contact Information

Any questions should be addressed to Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge at competitionthrive@baruch.cuny.edu or at 646-312-4799.

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