The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, through the generosity of its Corporate Partners, are sponsoring the Downtown Startup Challenge.

In an effort to advance the rebirth of our downtown districts and bring people to these areas, the Challenge seeks to spur downtown economic development in the major population centers in Oneida County. The Challenge is open to individuals and/or groups that have an innovative business concept with a retail storefront for downtown Utica or downtown Rome.

Start-ups (defined for purposes of the Challenge as any business that does not currently have a retail storefront operation in downtown Utica or downtown Rome) willing to locate in the designated downtown areas of Utica or Rome are eligible to submit an application to compete for a grand prize of up to $30,000.