Funded by Penn Community Bank and administered by Startup Bucks in partnership with the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority, the Bucks Built Startup Fund is awarding $40,000 in grants to four promising businesses this fall.
The four businesses receiving $10,000 in grants span various industries and have founders or teams already based or operating in Bucks County:
Pink Clover Data Solutions: Transforms data into the answers Essential Service Providers need to make informed decisions and improve the safety and security of their citizens
Estate ‘98: Effortlessly craft any coffee beverage in seconds, utilizing only a single tablespoon of Estate ‘98’s ultra-concentrated specialty coffee
WerkWeek: On demand healthcare staffing platform for support personnel
Athletes Untapped: Sports tech startup connecting parents and young athletes with vetted private sports coaches for one-on-one training
Winners were announced at the Bucks Built Fall Business Expo, held on Oct. 19 at Bucks County Community College in Newtown. The event brought together entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from the community. It also showcased thriving startups, small businesses from Bucks County and their products and services.
Originally screened from over 50 applicants, eight finalists pitched to a screening panel of investors, entrepreneurs and community leaders who evaluated the businesses on a number of factors, including the potential to grow quickly and broadly while having a positive economic impact in the county.
“Penn Community Bank is proud to partner with Startup Bucks and the Bucks County Industrial Development Authority to help area businesses and innovators succeed. We understand that a thriving local business community means economic success for individuals, families and the region for years to come,” said Jeane M. Vidoni, Penn Community Bank president and CEO.
With this round’s funding, Penn Community Bank has now enabled 15 businesses to have a total of $90,000 in grants since 2022. Recipients from the past have all provided a novel solution to a problem they are passionate about, covering a diverse range of industries, like health tech, AI and data analytics, technology, content creation, food and med tech.
Since its inception in 2019, Bucks Built Startup fund has deployed $500,000 in investment from the Bucks County IDA in 20 high potential, innovative startups. Bucks Built Startups have since grown to raise over $15 million in combined follow-on funding and have created dozens of new jobs.
Interested startups can learn more and apply at BucksBuilt.com.