For most entrepreneurs and small businesses, the Federal government has useful programs and services, but it can be hard to identify, engage and navigate Federal websites. Often, small businesses do not know that the Federal government already offers a program that they would find useful. Entrepreneurs and small businesses need better tools to navigate the Federal government’s vast resources – including programs, services, and procurement opportunities. The goal of the Apps for Entrepreneurs is to give small businesses and entrepreneurs those better tools through this challenge format.
$20,000 in prizes
First Place [1 Prize at $5,000]
Second Place [3 Prizes at $3,000]
Third Place [3 Prizes at $2,000]
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
How to enter
To enter, participants should develop an innovative application designed for the Web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, or any platform broadly accessible on the open internet that utilizes data which is freely available on Federal government websites.
The Apps submitted for this Competition must use data from at least one of the following sources: Small Business Administration http://www.sba.gov/api; Small Business Innovation Research Program http://www.sbir.gov/apis; Green Government Opportunities for Small Business http://green.sba.gov/apis or Data.gov www.data.gov.
Participants should then register for Challenge.gov and submit through entrepreneurs.challenge.gov. The submission should include the app's URL and a short description.
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Deputy Director of Office of Entrepreneurship Education, Small Business Administration
CEO at iStrategy Labs
Vice President, Brand and Social Media at American Express OPEN
Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation, Small Business Administration
Government 2.0 Correspondent at O'Reilly Media
Director, Mobile of the Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration
Founder of craigslist and craigconnects
Senior Marketing Manager for Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft
Founder and President of GovLoop
Marketing Manager at HelloWallet
Mission and Impact [25%]
Does the application meet the goals of the Apps for Entrepreneurs Challenge? The application will be rated on the strength of its potential to make Federal government programs and information more useful to small businesses.
Is the application innovative, creative and interesting?
Use of Required Data [25%]
Does the application use a combination of creative and relevant Federal data sets, including at least one data set from either http://www.sba.gov; http://www.sbir.gov; www.data.gov or http://green.sba.gov? Otherwise, is there an explanation?
Technical Implementation [25%]
Is the application functional, well designed, and simple to use? It is accessible to a wide range of users including those with disabilities?