Cricket Wireless launches a $25K Business Grant for NYC entrepreneurs

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Cricket Wireless announced the launch of its business grant competition for NYC entrepreneurs and small business owners in celebration of Black History Month. Three entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes from $5,000 to $25,000.

“With the launch of our Cricket Cares Capital Grant contest, we hope to help three entrepreneurs grow their business and alleviate some of the challenges they face when applying for funding.” said George Cleveland, vice president of channel operations, Cricket Wireless.

What are the grant prizes?

  • 1st Place: $25,000, Free Nokia 3.1 Plus smartphone with 1 year of Cricket Wireless Unlimited service

  • 2nd Place: $10,000, Free Nokia 3.1 Plus smartphone with six months of Cricket Wireless Unlimited service

  • 3rd Place: $5,000, Free Nokia 3.1 Plus smartphone with three months of Cricket Wireless Unlimited service

What are the qualifications for the grant?

The contest is open to residents of Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Memphis, Miami, New York, St. Louis and Washington, DC.

When is the deadline?

Online submissions are being accepted now through Feb. 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm. 3 Finalists will be announced in mid-February.

How will Cricket Wireless decide who wins the grant prizes?

Upon completing the grant application, the judges of the competition will choose 3 finalist based on:

  • Entrant’s current demonstrated commitment to improving his/her community through his/her business;  

  • Entrant’s clarity and creativity in sharing his/her business story; and  

  • Entrant’s answer regarding his/her plan to use the prize if selected as a winner.

The judges will then select 3 finalist and with the help of Cricket Wireless must create a video about their business and how they will use the grant money. The 3 winners will be judged based on:

  • Finalist’s social media engagement efforts related to his/her video;  

  • Finalist’s Video performance;  

  • Finalist’s current demonstrated commitment to improving his/her community; through his/her business;  

  • Finalist’s clarity and creativity in sharing his/her business story; and  

  • Finalist’s answer regarding his/her plan to use the prize if selected as a winner

How do I apply?

You can learn more about the program and complete their online application here