The 2018 Grant
Contest Winners

About The Contest

FedEx has awarded more than $548,000 in grants and prizes since 2013 to passionate entrepreneurs around the nation. We’ve been moved, inspired and educated by each year’s grant winners. Our hope is that their stories and insights will help you grow and succeed in your own business. Look for the contest to return in 2019 and learn more about the extraordinary businesses who have won grants here.

Rumi Spice product

Rumi Spice: Unlocking Economic Potential in Afghanistan

U.S. military veterans are on a mission to change lives with their business selling high-quality saffron.

Discover A Business Doing Good

Drop Water founder

Drop Water: Industrial Design for the Planet

This business owner reinvented the delivery of bottled water to help solve the world's plastic waste problem.

Explore the process of invention

Fiddlershop founder

Fiddlershop: Converting Content Marketing to Sales

This musician built an online audience of thousands with his video violin tutorials and instrument reviews. From there, he and his son built a thriving small business.

Learn how he builds an audience

Dauntless Wine Company co-founder

Dauntless Wine Company: Employing Our Warriors

Founded by three Iraq war veterans, Dauntless Wine Co. crafts premium Oregon wine while helping veterans transition from the battlefield to the home front.

Learn how they give back

Locker  Lifestyle product

Locker Lifestyle: Innovation by Necessity

A college student's experience having her belongings stolen while she was at the gym drove her to invent this unique solution and start her own business.

See motivation in action

Booze Dogs products

Booze Dogs: Bringing a Brand Story to Life

Find out how the story of one lovable boxer dog is helping sell an innovative brand of liquor-infused bratwurst.

Discover the impact of storytelling

Blended Designs product and child

Blended Designs: Products That Empower

Learn how a husband and wife team creates school bags and travel gear that speak directly to children of color, encouraging them to be the best they can be.

Explore the power of representation

Back of the Yards Coffee workers

Back of the Yards Coffee: Socially Responsible Coffee Roasters

Learn how this South Side, Chicago business introduced a coffee shop to the neighborhood and in the process planted the seeds for growth in their community and beyond.

Discover the strength of community

Buckle Me Baby coat and founder with child

Buckle Me Baby Coats: A Mom’s Pain Point Turned Business Idea

This New Hampshire mom always struggled removing her child's winter coat before loading her in a car seat until she took matters into her own hands.

Explore innovation in action

ZZZBears product with founder and child

ZZZ Bears: Lessons in Opportunity

Justin Baum's business, providing teddy bears to children of military families with nighttime anxiety, met early snags. That is, until one big opportunity helped push it to new heights.

Read a lesson in resilience

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Learn how other passionate entrepreneurs are growing their businesses – through improving their packaging, shipping, automatization, marketing and more.

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