The first two entries for this year's AOA Startup Grant are posted, and the deadline to enter is almost here!


You have until 11:59 pm Wednesday night!

The deadline for entering this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant contest is tonight (Wednesday, September 26) at midnight. You should apply. Here's how to do that. The application process isn't long.

And the first two entries for this year's grant have been posted:

+ The Relief Room - An establishment in which people will be able to relieve stress by breaking and smashing recyclable items. The pieces will then be turned into art.

+ Market Pops - A mobile, pop-up popsicle shop that sells fresh, small batch popsicles in unique flavor combinations.

Entries are posted and listed on the startup grant site in the order they're received, which can be a help when crowd voting for two of the three spots in the final opens next week.

The AOA Startup Grant is $2,500 in cash to you use however you like for your project. This year's contest is sponsored by SEFCU, CDPHP, and the College of Saint Rose

You should apply.


Both of these options look really cool: I'm excited to see what else pops up this year! I do wish though that the applications would include a bit more on where they plan to operate, since as a diehard downtown revitalization nerd I don't want to accidentally direct my vote/enthusiasm toward something that will end up in Crossgates/a suburban strip mall/anywhere not accessible by public transit.

ok, so Fair Warning this is a bit of the cranky "stay off my lawn" part of me. The relief room reminds me of the Rage Rooms or Smash Rooms that were popping up in major metro areas in 2016. (I'm pretty sure it started in Japan in 2010) the distinguishing feature of the Relief Room is the use of recyclable materials and using the bits for art. The AOA start up grant should give "extra points" to novel ideas --just saying.

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