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.

Thanks to all who registered - applications are now closed.
Competitive applications will demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

Competitive applications will demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

  • Commercial or retail activity resulting in a social return/impact as well as a financial return/impact
  • Partnership(s) with individuals, organizations or businesses committed to revitalization of the downtown areas
  • Innovative business concepts, practices and/or operations unlike those currently available in the downtown areas.

Refugee-owned, minority-owned and/or woman-owned businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.

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