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HIGH FIVE grant for moms™

HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™ is a semi-annual $5,000 international business grant competition. Hosted in winter and summer by The Mama Ladder® and sponsored by Belly Bandit®, this grant provides economic empowerment for mom-owned businesses.


laura borsky safersit high five grant for moms

Congrats to Laura Borsky, founder of SaferSit!

SaferSit is 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 5-star reviews on Facebook from moms. The company has booked over 10,000 jobs since starting in 2016. 

”We are the only child care service that background checks both the parent and the sitter making it safe for both parties,” Laura says. “We are also the only service that is started by a mom and a sitter so that our team understands both sides of our business.”

Laura will be attending Mama Spring Break to receive her photo-op giant check (and a bank-sized one too), getting business coaching from Belly Bandit cofounder Lori Caden, and other prizes, with a total value of $13,399.

Read more about her business here.

Lerin Lockwood Lion Latch high Five Grant winner
Charlene Li Eatable High Five Grant for Moms


Lerin Jane Lockwood, mama of a two-year-old daughter, lives in Texas. After her engagement ring broke while she played softball, she invented Lion Latch to protect jewelry on the go. She's shipped more than 10,000 Lion Latches--go check out her cool product at

Lerin is awarded a free ticket to Mama Spring Break.


Mama and serial entrepreneur Charlene Li is based in Ontario, Canada. She launched EATABLE Inc with her husband to help millennials celebrate #everydaywins with gourmet popcorn that includes alcohol-fused flavors. Pop over to to taste test their celebratory snacks.

Charlene is awarded a complimentary business service from The Mama Ladder’s Multiply Mama team.

8 finalists of the Winter 2019 High Five Grant for Moms

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We see motherhood as your greatest advantage as an entrepreneur, and running a business as powerful training for leading at home.  


Join us at #MamaSpringBreak Business & Adventure Retreat


Winter 2019 prizes

Eight (8) finalists will be selected in the Winter 2019 grant competition. Together, prizes are valued at more than $16,000 USD.

Ellyse Harris, founder of Leesie and Pip, won the $5,000 Summer 2018 grant

Ellyse Harris, founder of Leesie and Pip, won the $5,000 Summer 2018 grant


$5,000 USD grant check from The Mama Ladder®

+ Free ticket to the March session of #MamaSpringBreak Business & Adventure Retreat, where you will receive your check at an awards luncheon with Belly Bandit® and The Mama Ladder®. Join go-getter mamas at this powerful three-day retreat experience, where you’ll learn in business workshops, meet go-getter mamapreneurs from three countries, and climb at world-famous Zion National Park. Includes lodging, food, sponsor gift bag, and much more. Value: $2,499*

+ $500 travel credit to get to retreat

+ Business coaching from the COO of global mom-owned brand, Belly Bandit®, to help you grow your business in 2019. Value: $5,000

+ Publicity interview on the show, “Follow Me Friday with Joan and Priya”

+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card

Total value of Grand Prize: $13,399

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First runner up

Free ticket to the 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 from three countries, and climb at world-famous Zion National Park. Includes lodging, food, sponsor gift bag, and much more. Value: $2,499*

+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card



Select a business service from our Multiply Mama Dream Team. Whether it's getting a legal contract created, your taxes filed, or one of our other helpful services--multiply your time with our team. (Service offerings subject to change. Must be used by March 30, 2019.) Value: up to $499

+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card


+ $100 Belly Bandit gift card

*If one of the registered #MamaSpringBreak attendees wins the Grand Prize or First Runner Up prize, she will be refunded the amount she paid for registration.

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HIGH FIVE to Our Judging Panel

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.

Lori caden high five grant judge

Lori Caden

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



maria kang mom entrepreneur high five grant judge

Maria Kang

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 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.  

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Jennifer beall saxton

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 were open January 11 - 31, 2019. The Judging Panel selected finalists based on the written application for their ORIGINALITY, MARKETABILITY, VISION, and IMPACT.

Two steps were 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.

High Five Grant for Moms apply now


Complete your application and pay the nominal $25 application fee here:

Tips: Take your time. Complete all the questions. Be BOLD, specific, and stay within the requested word count. Good luck!

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Who can apply for this grant?

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!)

Dates for winter 2019 grant

See the following dates for our first semi-annual HIGH FIVE Grant for Moms™. We look forward to your application!

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January 11-31

Applications open here. Mom entrepreneurs from around the world are invited to apply through 11:59 p.m. PST on January 31, 2019. Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

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Feb 1-13

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.

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FEbruary 14-20

Eight (8) finalists announced, featuring their business story. From February 14-20, 2019, vote HERE for your favorite mom-owned business!

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february 21

Grand Prize winner announced! Feel the mamapreneur love on Valentine’s Day.



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)

so we're doing our part. High five!

Powered by mom Founders

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 sponsors high five grant

Belly Bandit 

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


story behind the high five

Dear Mama in business,

Mama Spring break crystalee beck the mama ladder

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,

Crystalee Beck, MPC 

Mama of three · Cofounder, The Mama Ladder® · Owner, Comma Copywriters                                                                  

Leesie and pip winner high five grant

summer 2018 #highfivegrant finalists

*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.