We are excited to announce the winners of Opportunity Fund's 2014 Start-Up Funding Challenge!
From an international fruit exporter to a cork retail outlet, the ten entrepreneurs selected this year for financing to launch their businesses represent the great diversity of ideas, innovation, and talent in the Bay Area entrepreneurial environment. (Click here to see the full list.) Finding affordable financing for a start-up can be really difficult; that's why Opportunity Fund invested $300,000 to fund local start-up entrepreneurs, who are either launching their businesses or have less than a year of sales. At 7.5% interest and no loan fees, the Start-Up Funding Challenge offers financing that is hard to come by for most start-ups at an affordable rate.
“Opportunity Fund is in the business of saying ‘yes.’ We love working with small businesses in California, and start-ups are especially exciting because we get the chance to be in on the ground floor. There’s nothing like the passion and excitement of an entrepreneur the day we tell them their loan is approved,” said Eric Weaver, Founder and CEO of Opportunity Fund. “And we can’t make these investments in Main Street businesses without support from the community.”
The Grill House
International Fruit Exporter
Organic Seed Supplier
Santa Cruz - coming to your local farmers market soon!
Growth Science Nutrients
Liquid Fertilizier Producer
Felton - coming soon to a retailer near you!
Cork Retail Outlet
Le Petit Jardin
Scrumptious Occasionas Catering
Dance Fitness Studio
The Blackbird Tavern