The first batch of applications for this year's AOA Startup Grant are up

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The first batch of entries for this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant contest are now posted! The applicants so far...

+ Nut Zez, a company based in Cohoes that makes packets of nuts, nut bars and nut butters in a variety of flavors in a variety of flavors.

+ Weird Beard Candle Co., based in Troy, is a small batch, handpoured soy candle company that offers gender neutral candles with with scents and branding that appeals to pop culture aficionados.

The application deadline is August 26. But applications are posted in the order they're received, so if you get your app in earlier rather than later, it'll have more time to get attention. So, don't wait! Here are all the details you need to apply.

Crowd voting for two of the three finalists starts August 31.

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