The Build to Scale Program builds regional economies through scalable startups.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) leads the Build to Scale (B2S) Program. Under the Build to Scale Program, EDA manages a portfolio of grant competitions that further technology-based economic development initiatives that accelerate high quality job growth, create more economic opportunities, and support the future of the next generation of industry leading companies.

B2B is comprised of three separate competitions: venture, capital, and industry.

The FY20 Venture Challenge (formerly known as the “i6 Challenge”) seeks to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth in communities, regions or combinations of regions. View the FY20 Venture Challenge grantees here.

The Venture Challenge awards grants to intermediary organizations like accelerators, universities, and non-profits supporting new business ventures that are…

  • scalable by nature,
  • challenging the status quo of markets,
  • commercializing technologies, and;
  • furthering job creation


Source: U.S. Economic Development Administration

More information: Build to Scale (B2S) Program