IdeaFunding is celebrating the exceptional innovation, creativity, and grit that our small businesses have displayed this year in the face of extraordinary challenges. We want to share your stories of resilience! Nominate your favorite business (or your own!) for cash prizes!
How it works:
When the application cycle opens (Feb 14th) you can select the category, either "Brick and Mortar" or "Artisanal/Maker/Creative" then select which prize title:
Visionary Leadership: Leadership has been especially challenging this year, with many new demands and stressors. This award is to recognize leaders who have gone above and beyond to maintain and support their staff. This can also recognize business leaders who have tackled the grand challenges of this time with insight, wisdom, and creativity
Behind the Scenes Heroes: This can include those “2nd in Command” employees who have stepped up to the plate in ways that are not always visible. This can also include acts of courage, kindness, and creativity that might not have been visible to all.
Innovative Engine: Share a story you feel needs to be told that doesn’t quite fit into either of the Award Types.
Applications will close March 14th, 2021. Our committee will then announce the semi-finalists, and finally the finalists on April 15th at IdeaFunding. Winners will be awarded cash prizes in recognition of the hard work and community contribution.
Other Fun Features!
To thank you for nominating, all nominators will receive raffle tickets to win prizes throughout the day during IdeaFunding.
All semi-finalists will receive one night staycation, courtesy of our sponsor Hotel McCoy!
Frequently asked questions
Can I nominate myself?
Yes! If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur and you would like to share YOUR own story of resilience, please do!
How are you defining "Brick and Mortar" and "Artisanal/Maker/Creative"?
What are the prizes?
Winners will recieve a $1,500 cash prize.
BATTLE OF THE
Throughout the day during IdeaFunding, we will have intermissions featuring "creative battles".
Arizona creatives will go head-to-head for a $500 cash prize, with live audiences selecting their favorites.
Creative Writing (ex. poetry, song lyrics, storytelling, etc)
Music (ex. singer/songwriters and bands)
Comedy (ex. improv and standup)
Mixology (ex. cocktails and mocktails)
Applications will be 3 minute video submissions.
Apply between Feb 14- March 14th
We are still seeking sponsors and contributors to partner with us on IdeaFunding.
If you or your organization would like to support innovation and resiliency in our community through a tax-deductible contribution, please email
In-kind, fiscal, and service supports are welcomed!