How It Works

CalSEED accepts applications during announced application cycles. There will be several award cycles over the next four years. 



*Awards Up To $150,000 Each
**Awards Up To $450,000 Each

Eligibility Application: Apply for eligibility online or by mail. 

Full Application: Select applicants will be notified of their eligibility and invited to submit a full application. To help ensure a balanced geographic representation across the state, a maximum of 25 applicants from each region (see map) will be invited to submit a full application.

Application Review: Our team of technical and industry experts reviews the merits of your project; if we receive a high volume of applications, reviews may occur in batches.

Concept Awards: Winners are awarded up to $150,000 in grant funding.

Professional DevelopmentParticipate in a top rated accelerator program, receive expert mentorship and network access while developing your concept.

Business Plan Competition: Pitch your concept for the chance to receive additional grant funding.

Prototype Awards: Business plan competition winner(s) receive up to $450,000 and opportunities for follow-on work in the CalSEED ecosystem.

There will be multiple Award Cycles over the next four years.

Award recipients will be required to agree to specific contractual terms and conditions.