Strive Community Innovation Fund 2023

Big ideas for small businesses

Seeking innovative solutions that support small businesses’ growth in the areas of Environmental Sustainability and Data for Market Access.

The application period is now closed.



We will use 4 simple criteria to select proposals::

1. Significance & Impact

  • Does the project address at least one of the fund’s focus areas: Environmental sustainability or Data for market access? 
  • What impact could be achieved if the project is successful?
  • Does the project focus on supporting small businesses with fewer than 10 employees with digital and data-first solutions?

2. Applicability & Transferability

  • Will the project inspire others to similarly innovate on supporting small business?
  • Can other organizations benefit from the learnings and insights generated by this project?
  • Can the solution or insights be applied, adapted, or transferred broadly?

3. Feasibility & Sustainability

  • Does the articulated plan seem suitable for reaching the desired outcomes?
  • Does the requested budget seem reasonable for the project proposed?
  • Does the project center on a solution that has financial viability at scale?

4. Additionality

  • Would the innovative solution, insights, and/or body of evidence be realized without this funding?
  • Would the project be implemented in an improved way with this grant?
  • Is Strive Community inspiring something truly innovative by de-risking it for the awardee?