Incfile is delighted to announce the second round of grant winners for our Entrepreneur Grant and Scholarship Program. We want to help support the next generation of visionaries and employers with our grant program.
Whether you’re a student with an entrepreneurial spirit or a business owner with an eye on expansion, we’ve got a grant for you. Incfile is looking for the business leaders of the future. Our aim is to empower those on the journey to reach their goals and get their small business off the ground. Both grants set recipients up for success by providing financial assistance and guidance.
If you didn’t enter this time, don't worry. Our next round of applications means you have a fresh opportunity to participate and potentially win one of our sought-after grants! Read on to learn about this round’s winners and the application process for the next round.
Meet the Incfile Grant Winners
The most recent round of grant winners shone due to their entrepreneurial vision and their dedication to making their dreams a reality. Let’s take a closer look at why their applications stood out!
Kerrington Pinckney – F.Y.T.S by KP
Kerrington is our Young Entrepreneur grant winner. She is a creative high school student who believes motivation, self-awareness and accountability are critical characteristics for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Her brand, F.Y.T.S (pronounced “fits”) by KP, is an apparel business that makes custom clothing for the members of her community. Initially a retail endeavor, Kerrington soon realized retail may not be for her. She was inspired by the example of her aunt (also an entrepreneur), who advised her that entrepreneurs serve the people. This helped Kerrington to identify her audience, then find the best way to be of service to it.
Kerrington believes identifying how to best serve your audience is key to the success of your business. The leadership and grit demonstrated by her aunt inspired Kerrington and helped her to believe she could make her dreams of entrepreneurship a reality.
Her brand will continue to evolve in tandem with trends, her community’s influence and her own personal interests. Her goal is to continue growing her brand as she makes the transition from her teenage years into becoming a young adult.
Monet is our Fresh Start grant winner. When a drunk driver hit her car, Monet Dyson became a stay-at-home mom. She found herself juggling motherhood, full-time work and building a business.
Monet’s tie-dying business, Dipped in Color, initially began as an outlet for her anxiety. However, it meant spending more time away from her son and she began to feel guilty.
By painting together, she found a new way to relieve this feeling. Inspired by this discovery, her business began transitioning from clothing to paint parties. Although COVID halted in-person meetings, it reinforced the need for quality, family-time activities that painting together could provide.
Monet enjoys exploring networking opportunities. She is dedicated to continuously improving herself and her business by being open to constructive criticism and feedback. She sees laying the foundations for future success as being her core focus. In order to effect this success, she looks to planning, funding options, becoming an LLC, creating a business plan and content and examining her product/market fit.
Are you a student with a vision? Then our Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Grant could help provide the support you need. Apply for your chance to win and help launch your unique business idea. The young entrepreneur whose idea most impresses our judges receives $2,500 toward continuing their education.
Must be a high school senior, undergraduate, graduate or trade school student
Must attend a U.S.-based high school, trade school or university
Must hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher
Must have an interest in starting a business
Fresh Start Business Grant
Aspiring entrepreneurs, take note: we want to help you expand your business! The Fresh Start Business Grant is for adult entrepreneurs. Whether you’re starting over or beginning from scratch to make their dreams come true, the grant provides one ambitious individual $2,500 towards startup costs.
Must be 21 years or older
Must be a U.S. resident
Must be planning to start a new business or grow and expand an existing business
How to Apply
The next deadline for the grants is September 30. What you need to do:
Don’t let a lack of funding or mentorship come between you and your dream business. Our grants can help make your vision a reality and encourage you to respond to the call of your inner entrepreneur.
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