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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.