Whether you've been in business one day or one year, you may need capital. We work with numerous investors and funding sources to identify the right funding for your business start-up or expansion.

Tech Sprout

Tech Sprout is a grant program designed to help technology ideas move through the commercialization framework. The fund is available to companies in the Braintree Incubation program and locating their business at the Braintree Business Development Center. Awards can be used for a variety of purposes including prototyping, patents, testing, and outside experts.

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Crowdfunding ia a method by which a group, community or collective of people come together to pool resources (money) for the purpose of advancing an endeavor, activity or business commercialization project via a growing number of internet web sites.

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Appleseed Microfinance

The Appleseed Microfinance Loan Fund is designed to help provide small amounts of capital to small business with the goal of creating or retaining jobs. Loan amounts range from $1,000-$50,000.

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Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund, founded by the Lorain County Community College Foundation (2007), is a regional fund focused on supporting technology-based entrepreneurial endeavors and emerging technology-based businesses. The Innovation Fund is supported and administered through a regional and state network of higher education, government and economic development partners to nurture a technology-based entrepreneurial environment for wealth creation and job growth in Northeast Ohio.

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Banks and Credit Unions

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Kiva Zip Interest-free loans

Kiva Zip is a non-profit crowdfunding platform that provides crowd-funded, 0% interest loans of up to $5,000 for any business purpose such as investing in new equipment, hiring staff, or launching a new product or service. As a Kiva Zip trustee, Braintree vouches for your application and endorses you on the Kiva Zip site. We evaluate your entrepreneurial team, the impact a Kiva loan would have on your business, and the viability of your business model.Once approved, your company goes through a crowd-funding round on the Kiva Zip site, where lenders from around the world can contribute as little as $5 to your loan. Endorsed companies have over a 90% success rate in being funded. For more information, see . Contact Braintree if you are an entrepreneur with a compelling story and want to apply for a Kiva Zip loan.

Microsoft BizSpark for software developers

Although Microsoft BizSpark doesn't actually provide capital, the free software available to software development startups can free up cash for use in other aspects of the business. Braintree is a Microsoft BizSpark network partner and can help you get the software you need . Contact us for details and to apply.


As one of the Ohio Third Frontier incubators in Northeast Ohio, Braintree provides collaborative services, below market lease rates and access to a network of Braintree partners.

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Through Braintree's network of business and industry partners, Braintree is able to assist small businesses with their needs for counseling and assistance.

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