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Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc. is pleased to announce the sixth installment of STARTUP Franklin Southampton. The business plan competition serves to provide financial assistance and business training within City of Franklin and Southampton County limits.

Participants in the program must submit an online application, attend seven business courses provided by various business instructors, submit a completed business plan, and pitch the business to a panel of community leaders. One grand prize winner will be selected with a monetary award of $20,000. One runner-up winner will be selected with a monetary award of $15,000.

Find complete guidelines here.

So, what are you waiting for?! Make your dream of opening a business a reality by applying for STARTUP!

Application is LIVE!


You will need to download and sign the Memorandum of Understanding. Please remember to email this to us after submitting your application.

Download the Memorandum of Understanding here.

Click here to apply!