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.

Previous first and second place winners include: Queens Economic Development Corporation, CAMBA, BOC Network, and the New York Public Library.

How to Apply

Submit a pilot proposal via email between March 11 and May 8, 2014. Late submissions will not be accepted.

For complete information on proper content, formatting, and submission please read the proposal guidelines:

Thrive 2014 Proposal Guidelines

Submission Requirements and Procedures

Your proposal must be a single file submitted via email as an attachment. All proposals must be submitted electronically; no hard copies will be accepted.

While applicants may only make one submission as a lead organization, they are also permitted to submit a second pilot proposal if they collaborate with another organization that takes the lead.

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
May, 2014Finalists Announced
Round II
June - December 2014Pilot Period
December 2014 Final Business Plan Due
January 2015 Award Ceremony

Contact Information

Any questions should be addressed to Lendynette Pacheco-Jorge at or at 646-312-4799.

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