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Project Connect

Opportunity for a USA Individual to Participate in a
Contest to Develop Technology-Based Businesses

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Foundation / Corporation

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Unilever Prestige and WWD

Deadline Date:

05/28/21 11:59 PM ET


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Opportunity for a USA individual to participate in a contest to develop technology-based businesses. The winning recipient will receive $15,000, and in-kind support including one-on-one mentoring, and a profile feature. Priority will be given to an inclusive business and to one whose model can be easily duplicated throughout the industry. Funding is intended to assist the next generation of entrepreneurs whose products and services provide industry advancements on the connection between technology and the human touch.

Project Connect offers a chance to receive grant funding and access to a robust package of resources that include: mentorship, opportunities to help scale your business, and exposure of your brand to new industries and audiences. 

All entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts, selected by the Sponsors based on how well Entrant’s business meets the following criteria:

  • A future-focused mindset that supports rebuilding consumer engagement across industries;
  • A business plan that serves to humanize technology for the next generation of consumers and businesses whether in beauty, tech, fashion, CPG, etc.;
  • Products or services that demonstrate the human side of technology, associating human touch with virtual communication;
  • Social impact at the core of the business with efforts that promote an inclusive platform and progressive marketplace values; and
  • Industry-wide implications through scalable technology that help to drive consumer adoption of technology solutions and professionals to adapt to a future marketplace

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195824

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- A grant from Unilever Prestige in the sum of $15,000 to be used to scale and support your business. (approx. value: $15,000 USD) (Unilever Prestige prize element)
- One-on-one mentorship with Unilever Prestige to further propel their business and access Unilever Prestige resources to scale and move business to the next level (approx. value: $5,000 USD) (Unilever Prestige prize element)
- A profile feature in the WWD Digital Daily E-Reader and on, highlighting the Project Connect Winner, their business model and their brand. The feature will include an interview, photos from the winner and call to action on where readers can view Winner’s products. (approx. value: $5,000 USD) (WWD prize element)
- Each Sponsor reserves the right to substitute their own prize elements with prizes of equal or greater value in their sole discretion.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Contest open to individual legal residents of the United States (including the District of Columbia, but excluding the U.S. territories and possessions) who are age eighteen (18) years (except in the case of legal residents of certain states/territories/providences where the legal age of majority is greater than eighteen (18) years of age, such legal age of majority) or older at time of entry (“Entrant(s)”).

Officers, directors and employees (and their immediate families and members of the same household) of the Sponsors, their respective affiliates, agents, judges and advertising and promotion agencies are not eligible to participate.

All federal, state, provincial and local rules and regulations apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Contest begins at 12:00 AM ET on March 8, 2021, and ends at 11:59 PM ET on May 28, 2021.

Potential Winner(s) will be notified by email by a representative of the Sponsors on or around June 30, 2021.

Limit of one entry per person or business.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply, fill out the questionnaire on the URL for Full Text (RFP) link below.

For questions, please reach out to Stephanie Siegel, VP Sales and Marketing at Fairchild Media Group, at

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