Accelerate California: Inclusive Innovation Hub Program Round 3 seeks applications from Inland Empire-based organizations to administer a grant program for the California Office of the Small Business Advocate. This program aims to expedite the startup and growth of innovation-based firms in San Bernardino and Riverside counties, focusing on diverse founders, including women, people of color, and underserved regions.
With the state facing global competition for talent and leadership in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, research, and education, California must expand its innovation capacity by leveraging the resources, creativity, and ingenuity that exists across all geographic regions of the state. Through a new California initiative, the Accelerate California: Inclusive Innovation Hub Program, or Accelerate CA Hub, catalyzes and fosters innovation ecosystems across the state. This program aims to: advance critical technology development; address industry and societal challenges; foster collaboration and partnership development across industry, academia, government, nonprofits, civil society, and communities of practice; stimulate economic growth and job creation; and serve as a conduit to regional innovation and talent. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) are intentionally and meaningfully embedded at the core of this program.
The Accelerate CA Hub program uniquely harnesses California’s research and development, science and technology, angel and venture capital networks, local, and regional-level resources. Accelerate CA Hubs are aimed at catalyzing robust partnerships rooted in scientific and technological innovation to positively impact the economy within a geographic region, address societal challenges, and advance national competitiveness.
The California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA or the Office) is administering a one-time grant through Accelerate California: Inclusive Innovation Hub Program (“Program”). The Program will award funds to a select group of entities to lead the state's efforts in growing and nurturing an inclusive innovation ecosystem by advancing the economic and societal benefits of California-based innovation by providing entrepreneurial training, coaching and mentorship, access to capital, small business resources and support the office in distribution of grants to eligible innovation-based enterprises that have completed approved Accelerate CA Hub programming.
Round 3 is available to applicants located in the Inland Empire region who were not awarded in Round 1 or Round 2 and serve Riverside and San Bernadino counties.
Please review the program announcement for full details. https://calosba.ca.gov/grant-and-funding-opportunities/
- Other Legal Entity
- Public Agency
Round 3 is available to prospective applicants based in the Inland Empire, including those who were not awarded during Round 1 or 2 and serve the San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
Please review the program announcement for all Eligibility Requirements.
The state of California
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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