MINNEAPOLIS – Metropolitan Economic Development Association has opened up applications for its third year of the Million Dollar Challenge for Minority Entrepreneurs open to potential applicants in Michigan.

The Meda Million Dollar Challenge is the largest Black, Indigenous, and People of Color entrepreneurial competition in the country, awarding $1 million in financing to BIPOC businesses from across the nation. 

This year’s competition will continue to include the Boot Camp for Successful Pitches as well as the final pitch and award ceremony, hosted entirely online.

Find the application form here: http://meda.net/challenge2020.

Applications are open now. The 15 finalists will be announced November 30. Finalists will virtually attend Boot Camp for Successful Pitches from December 7 until January 22, 2021. The final pitch event will take place January 27, 2021.

Meda is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping BIPOC businesses succeed. The past two years of the Million Dollar Challenge resulted in 12 minority businesses from five states receiving financial awards, totaling nearly $3 million. 

“Meda’s Million Dollar Challenge provides so many opportunities for entrepreneurs of color to highlight their creativity and innovation, and accelerate their business growth,” said Alfredo Martel, President and CEO of Meda.

“Investing in BIPOC businesses is more important than ever as the economy is ravaged by the effects of COVID-19 and civil unrest. BIPOC entrepreneurs are resilient and adaptable, and investing in them has proven to create jobs and boost economic development. We are excited to bring the Million Dollar Challenge back for a third year to continue that impact and support on a national level in these unprecedented times.”