Watch live on October 20

Join us as we celebrate the seven Inspire Awards finalists and learn more about the unparalleled work they do. During an exciting, one-night-only event hosted by acclaimed journalist and TV personality Lisa Ling on October 20, 2022 from 7-8:30pm, each finalist will present their unique solutions to a panel of judges—and a livestreamed audience. Audience members will even get the chance to choose their favorite finalist solution to be awarded $75,000 in grant funding. Register to watch and vote!

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Change isn’t always easy. We’ve all learned that in the last few years. And the fact is, small businesses in the U.S.  – especially those led by women and people of color - have taken many of those changes the hardest.

So what will it take to change for the better?

At the Truist Foundation, we work to inspire and build better lives and communities – and that includes supporting the small businesses that make communities vibrant. We know that real change – change for good, that benefits all – begins on the ground.

Real change is about asking why – and why not. It’s about wrapping our arms around our communities, and giving each other a helping hand when we need it. It’s about being up for the challenge, no matter how big.

That’s why, at our inaugural Inspire Awards, we’ll be lifting up innovative nonprofit organizations that help grow, develop, and sustain racially diverse and women-led small businesses. You’ll hear from seven nonprofit finalists who have crafted their game-changing ideas through a wrap-around support program.

The winners will walk away with the financial and institutional resources to bring their solutions to life – and you can help the judging panel decide who’s up to the challenge.

Your voices and presence will be vital at the inaugural Inspire Awards hosted by Lisa Ling streaming live on October 20. Don’t forget to register now, and make your vote count! That vote will go toward choosing the nonprofit winners that will change the lives of small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country. We’ll see you there. [INSPIRE AWARDS LINK]

The finalists have been chosen

We’ve announced the nonprofit finalists exploring creative ways to fill the gaps in the current small business ecosystem.

We reviewed submissions from over 127 nonprofits nationwide. With the help of the Inspire Awards judges, we conducted a thorough vetting and interview process and have selected our finalists. These finalists are doing amazing work in 13 states across the country, with 100% being women or BIPOC-led. 

Important dates:

  • Feb. 16: Challenge opens
  • May 13: Deadline for applicants to submit a solution
  • June 21: Semifinalists invited for interview with judges
  • July 1: Finalists announced
  • July – November: Finalist Support Program
  • Oct. 20: Pitch event for finalists and winner announcement

Grant funding:

  • First place: $250,000
  • Second place: $150,000
  • Audience favorite: $75,000
  • Runners-up: $25,000