Know a Young Entrepreneur Who Could Use $40,000?

An announcement came our way–please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested.

Hitachi Foundation’s Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program

The Hitachi Foundation’s Yoshiyama Young Entrepreneurs Program seeks to identify up to five entrepreneurs who are operating viable businesses that help to improve the lives of low-wealth individuals in America. This is a business competition in which selected entrepreneurs receive $40,000 over two years and have access to additional technical resources to strengthen their business.   

Eligible applicants must currently be at least 18 years old and no more than 29 years old when they launched their business. Businesses must be 1-5 years old, and have been generating revenue for at least the past 12 months. The award is open to businesses organized as either for profit or nonprofit, with an earned-income revenue model. Enterprises must create jobs, supply goods or services, or use internal management practices that offer low-wealth individuals in America an opportunity to improve their economic mobility.

The first round application deadline is March 14, 2011.            

Click here to access the guidelines and application. 

For questions, please email

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.