HIGH FIVE GRANT for Moms™
HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ is a semi-annual $5,000 international business grant competition. Hosted by The Mama Ladder® and Belly Bandit®, this grant provides economic empowerment for mom-owned businesses. Apply here in summer and winter.
See the following dates for our first semi-annual HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™. We look forward to your application!
Applications open here. Mom entrepreneurs from around the world are invited to apply through 11:59 p.m. PST on June 28, 2019. Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
A judging panel of successful entrepreneurs (see below) who support mom-founded businesses will narrowed down entries from around to world to just eight (8) promising finalists.
Eight (8) finalists announced, featuring their business story. From July 9-16, vote HERE for your favorite mom-owned business!
Grand Prize winner announced! The Judging Panel will determine the order of the top three, and one mama will take home a $5,000 check.
Raising babies + growing a business? This grant is for YOU. We help promising mom entrepreneurs make massive IMPACT. This is an international grant program, so women from all countries are welcome to apply!
There are three simple requirements:
You ARE A MOM! This grant is exclusively for women with child(ren) of all ages. This includes first-time expecting moms, stepmoms, and foster moms.
You own a for-profit business that offers a valuable product or service.
You know the WHY behind your business, and are ready to share it with the world. (See the #HighFiveGrant examples!)
WE BELIEVE MOM ENTREPRENEURS CAN DO ANYTHING WITH THE RIGHT TRAINING, POWERFUL MENTORS, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY, AND A HIGH FIVE.
Eight (8) finalists will be selected in the Summer 2019 grant competition. After a public vote to determine the top three, the Judging Panel will order the prize winners.
$5,000 USD grant check from The Mama Ladder®
+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card
Free ticket to the 2020 March session of #MamaSpringBreak Business & Adventure Retreat: Join go-getter mamas at this powerful three-day retreat experience, where you’ll learn in business workshops, meet go-getter mamapreneurs. Includes lodging, food, sponsor gift bag, and much more. Value: $2,499*
+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card
Prize still TBD.
+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card
+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card
Selected for their experience as business owners and passion for empowering women, the HIGH FIVE Judging Panel will narrow down applications from around the world to select eight (8) finalists. We express appreciation for volunteering their time for this worthy cause.
Mom of two, Lori is the COO & Co-founder of Belly Bandit®. With her two sisters, Jodi and Kari, Lori founded the company in 2008 with the introduction of the Belly Bandit® Belly Wrap, a postpartum compression wrap that revolutionized the body after baby marketplace. Doctor-recommended and mom-endorsed, the wrap modernized the ancient practice of belly binding and quickly turned Belly Bandit® into a new mom must-have. Belly Bandit® products are sold in more than 1,000 retailers nationwide and over 80 countries worldwide. To learn more about Lori and the “Sisterpreneurs of Shapewear” head to bellybandit.com.
Once a cover girl for SHAPE magazine, Maria Kang is a published author, a nonprofit founder of Fitness without Borders, a business owner of three care home facilities, full-time wife, mother of three boys, and caretaker to a cute golden doodle in Sacramento, CA.
Maria can be found at mariakang.com or gramming her honest-and-often-bold perspective at @mariakang, on a wine date with a girlfriend, or riding her skateboard with her sons at any local park in Sacramento, CA. She has built one of the largest Facebook mom communities with leaders in 300 cities and 30 countries, No Excuse Moms.
Proud new mom, Jennifer Beall Saxton is the Founder & CEO of Tot Squad, a baby gear service company whose vision is to become the “Geek Squad” of the baby world. Tot Squad provides car seat installations, baby gear cleaning, and stroller repairs in partnership with retailers. Credited by The New York Times as having created a new industry, Tot Squad has raised over $2MM with its "juggernaut aspirations" to transform the baby world.
Tot Squad was created through Jen’s MBA coursework when she searched for business ideas to improve work/life balance for busy parents. She won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition and was recognized with the Student of the Year Award in Entrepreneurship.
Applications will be open June 14-28, 2019. The Judging Panel will select finalists based on the written application for their ORIGINALITY, MARKETABILITY, VISION, and IMPACT.
Two steps are required to apply for the High Five Grant for Moms:
Share the WHY behind your business with the world! Write it on your hand and post a picture of your “high five” on Instagram or Facebook. Use the hashtag #highfivegrant. Tag @themamaladder and @bellybandit. We want to cheer you on! Note: This needs to be a shared on a public account so we can see you shared it.
Complete your application here. (Button will show up on June 14.)
Tips: Take your time. Complete all the questions. Be BOLD, specific, and stay within the requested word count. Good luck!
More than 9.1 million firms in the U.S. alone are owned by women. (National Association of Women Business Owners)
Yet in 2016, only 2.19% of VC funds went to women-owned businesses. (Fortune)
Sponsors of the HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ are moms who created their own powerful entrepreneurial story. Moms with BIG ideas can truly make a world of difference. Why not YOU too?
Belly Bandit was founded by three entrepreneur sisters that were determined to find a solution to post-pregnancy body blues. In 2008, their research, perseverance and sisterly support resulted in the creation of Belly Bandit®, a postpartum compression wrap that would revolutionize the body after baby marketplace. The year 2018 marks Belly Bandit’s® 10th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone, Belly Bandit’s® boutique collection will add ten new SKUs to its lineup, including a completely redesigned Belly Bandit® Belly Wrap, their first maternity athleisure line, C-section Briefs and many more patented products. As a women-owned and operated company Belly Bandit® is dedicated to supporting other female entrepreneurs, via mentorship and their ‘Moms Who Made It’ blog series. For more information about Belly Bandit, its products and blog series, visit www.bellybandit.com.
Dear Mama in business,
Congrats! You're here because you want to take bold entrepreneur action with big heart. HIGH FIVE for being serious about your business.
Quick personal story: While expecting my second baby, I was laid off from my corporate ladder job. When my boy was born, no job offered the flexibility I needed with two kids under age two. As my babies grew, our family finances shrank. I had corporate experience and a master's degree, and now buying a pack of gum at the grocery store was beyond my budget? Although unsure of my next steps, I took action and “created my own ladder” by launching a marketing company in 2016.
My first client made a deposit of $5,000. That capital gave me the confidence I needed to grow my business. I worked with powerful mentors. I immersed myself in business training. I worked (and played) hard. The next year, I turned that initial $5,000 payment into a team of eight writers, 29 clients (including world-leading tech brands), and $100,000+ revenue in my business. The best part? Working on my own terms part-time gives me joyful freedom to keep my kids as my priority.
I want to see YOU have big MOMentum in your business. It is possible for you! At The Mama Ladder®, we empower you to create your own ladder and climb after business dreams that fit your family. I invite you to apply for this $5,000 grant. Let's see what you can do, Mama!
Love and high fives from here,
Mama of three · Cofounder, The Mama Ladder® · Owner, Comma Copywriters
EATABLE INC, OWNED BY CHARLENE LI*
LA MERE, OWNED BY MARLENA WILDING
LION LATCH, OWNED BY LERIN JANE LOCKWOOD
OTHER LIFE LESSONS, OWNED BY MEAGHAN HADWYN AND NIKI SNJARIC
SAFERSIT, OWNED BY LAURA BORSKY
SNAPSHYFT, OWNED BY STEPHANIE ELAINE CORLISS
WASH. IT. LATER., OWNED BY HANNAH KATE ENGLAND
WISH & GIVE , OWNED BY JULIE LEJEUNE
*Congratulations to our Winter 2019 $5,000 grant winner, Laura Borsky, mama and owner of SaferSit, an on-demand service that connects highschool and college students with babysitting jobs in their area. More than 1,500 families have used the service, and SaferSit has over 100 five-star reviews on Facebook from moms. The company has booked over 10,000 jobs since starting in 2016.
*Congratulations to our first-ever $5,000 grant winner, Ellyse Harris, mama and owner of Leesie and Pip. Leesie and Pip creates whimsical heirloom dolls that are handmade from quality materials produced in the United States. For every doll purchased a book is donated to a child in need.