Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Program


Funding Opportunity ID: 310773
Opportunity Number: DOS-BAGHDAD-PD-2019-001
Opportunity Title: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Other (see text field entitled “Explanation of Other Category of Funding Activity” for clarification)
Category Explanation: Entrepreneurship Program
CFDA Number(s): 19.021
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility: •Have demonstrated experience developing and administering similar programs;•Have the capacity to operate in Iraq and have active partnerships with organization(s) operating in Iraq needed to support the program.
Agency Code: DOS-IRQ
Agency Name: Department of State
U.S. Mission to Iraq
Posted Date: Dec 03, 2018
Close Date: Jan 18, 2019
Last Updated Date: Dec 03, 2018
Award Ceiling: $75,000
Award Floor: $50,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $75,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Affairs Office (PA) for a project to support entrepreneurship in Iraq. In cooperation with the U.S. Embassy, this project will bring together Iraqi entrepreneurs, provide them with training and mentorship on how to build a startup company, and culminate in a “Shark Tank”-type event where Iraqi teams will present their startup business concepts to a panel of judges. The program should last approximately five months and include representatives from the University of California-Berkeley Innovation Acceleration Group at both the program launch event as well as the concluding “Shark Tank” competition. U.S. Embassy representatives will be closely involved in the planning and execution of the program and will coordinate communications with IAG. Please carefully follow all instructions below. The U.S. Mission in Iraq supports political stability and economic growth while encouraging cultural exchanges with young Iraqis. This program will advance these goals by supporting the nascent yet growing entrepreneurial sector in Iraq. Iraq is plagued by difficult economic circumstances including high youth unemployment, corruption and inefficient laws and procedures, which make it difficult to open or operate private sector businesses. This program will not only provide useful skills to young Iraqi entrepreneurs, but also reinforce to the Government of Iraq the importance of developing a business climate that can foster entrepreneurship.
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