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Finding Funding

3 Places To Pitch Your Startup During COVID-19 By The End Of May 2020

Win cash prizes, credits and grants. Yes! Here are three places to pitch your startup thanks to organizations that are stepping up to help startups during the COVID-19 pandemic. These opportunities will offer founders the relief they need to keep their budding idea alive. Here are three places to pitch your startup this week:

The Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Fund

The Booz Allen Foundation has established a $1 million Innovation Fund to help nonprofits, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, innovators at colleges and universities, and startups and small businesses harness the power of data, technology, and diverse intellectual capital to improve COVID-19 relief efforts and make a difference. We want to surface the most innovative solutions and empower the individuals and organizations behind those solutions to drive their development and implementation.

The Foundation is accepting applications from April 30 through June 5, 2020. Nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $100,000. Individuals, teams of individuals, and eligible for-profit organizations can apply for microgrants of up to $10,000. Certain eligibility requirements apply. Through the Innovation Fund, the Foundation is specifically targeting solutions and projects that will build lasting community resilience through protecting vulnerable populations and frontline workers or providing for the safe return to work.

If you have an idea for a solution or are involved with a project that’s already making a difference, apply for an Innovation Grant today and partner with us to make change that counts.

How To Apply
Applications for Booz Allen Foundation Innovation Grants are open from April 30 to June 5, 2020. Applicants should be prepared to answer a brief set of questions about how your solution or project will solve an urgent social problem or build community resilience in the wake of COVID-19.

The grants are open to individuals, teams of individuals, U.S. tax-exempt nonprofits, or small for-profit businesses. Please see our FAQs for more information about eligibility requirements.

Submit An Application
Start your application by clicking the button at the bottom of this page. After the application period ends, you will receive an email notification informing you whether you have progressed to the semi-finalist round, where an expert team appointed by the Foundation will decide which proposed solutions have the greatest potential to build lasting community resilience. APPLY NOW.

Twitch Pitch by Lightship Capital

Twitch Pitch is the new world way for startups to pitch real investors and get completely uncensored feedback, in real-time! This competition is powered by Lightship Capital, the awesome venture capital firm focusing on innovation outside of NYC and SF.

To apply, follow us on Twitch @lightshipcapital then send your 5 minute MP4 voiceover submission to with “Twitch Pitch” as the subject line. Only Downloads. NO LINKS! 

The Rules

Each show is a 3 Round Competition with 12 companies going head to head 12  → 6 → 3 all the way to the final 2. Prizes start at the second round, 6→ $500 6 → Winner takes $5,000. There will be $8,000 in cash prizes per season, plus $100,000 in Amazon Credits. Shows consist of a 5 min pitch then 10 minutes of feedback with 5 minutes from the judges and 5 minutes from chat Q&A.


There are 3 judges who assign a score up to 5, broken down like this: 2 for Candice Brackeen, 1 for Brian Brackeen, 1 for Alexis Alston, and 1 for you, the viewer! Judging will be LIVE which means you get to hear it all.

Click to read frequently asked questions.

Precursor Ventures + Betaworks Ventures

Pitch Sydney Thomas from Precursor Ventures and Peter Rojas from Betaworks Ventures during their upcoming Virtual Consumer Pre-Seed Pitch event. 

Sydney, Peter, and Bianca are excited to learn about what you’re building! Please submit your application here by 8 p.m. (PST) on May 29 and they will review it.

They are going to take pitches via Zoom on June 10 between 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (PST). Those startups will all have the potential to receive Pre-Seed Capital from either Precursor, Betaworks or both! Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 29, 8 p.m. (PST) You’ll be notified by June 5, 8 p.m. (PST). APPLY HERE.

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