How It Works

The CalSEED program provides up to $600,000 in funding in addition to professional development services along the way:

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

Apply beginning January 16: Submit application online or by mail

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

CONCEPT Awards announced in May: Winners will be awarded up to $150,000 in grant funding

Professional Development: Develop your concept over 6-18 months and participate in a professional development program

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 5 years.

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