SEED Challenge 2023

SEED Challenge 2023

We are opening applications for this funding during the summer of 2023, with further investigation and due diligence of applicants to occur from the time of application until October 2023. 

Final decisions for investment will be made in mid-October with a winner showcase taking place on October 26th at West Edge Factory in Huntington, WV. Potential winners must be available to present their business or entry at the October 26th celebration. 

Applicant Criteria:


Entrepreneurs who are early in their journey and need funding to help start or scale their idea can apply for up to $50,000 in funding. Eligible applicants have a start-up social enterprise business with less than $100,000 in annual revenue, a concept and plan to launch their business. These applicants must be for-profit entities and reside in the Appalachian Region.


Current social enterprise businesses with over $100,000 in annual revenue and at least 1 full-time (non-owner) employee can apply for up to $100,000 in funding to expand their business. This investment may be used for new equipment, additional employees, or other organizational needs, but must support the sustainable expansion of the company and mission. These companies must be for-profit and reside in the Appalachian Region.

Existing WRAPS

We are also challenging existing partners of Coalfield Development that would like to see a more diverse economy in their local community to identify or develop a social enterprise concept in their local area to help employ individuals facing barriers to employment. These partners can apply for up to $50,000 to help scale an existing social enterprise or help fund a new social enterprise, either within their existing organization or in partnership with a local entrepreneur. These organizations may be for-profit or non-profit and must reside in the Appalachian Region.

Application has now closed.

If selected for future diligence, we will discuss information along the lines of the following list. If you have questions about any of this, do not let it keep you from applying! Part of the purpose of the SEED Fund is to help you grow and sustain your business, and we are able to provide some level of guidance about these. However, we believe that thinking about these things now will help you plan for your success.