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Tapping into public funding opportunities

R&D, procurement, and government contracts





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September 8, 2020 • 1PM EST

Why you should take this workshop

Public funding presents a unique opportunity for early-stage and growth-stage startups seeking ways to scale. Tapping into design challenges, pilot projects, strategic partnerships and procurement opportunities can provide a sustainable way to grow. Additionally, numerous tax incentive and economic development programs also exist that may help companies reduce burn rate, conserve cash and leverage partnerships - but a business strategy incorporating public funding often requires contingency and risk-adjusted go-to-market planning. Join IFundWomen and Chante Harris, Vice President at Capalino, to learn how to take advantage of public funding opportunities and use them to grow your business.



  • Expert instruction from Chante Harris on how to take advantage of public funding opportunities
  • A list of public funding opportunities you should be looking into
  • Access to the live replay in the IFundWomen Workshop Library

You will learn

  • What types of public funding opportunities exist and how to explore which one is right for you
  • How to identify procurement opportunities and respond to them to improve your chances of success
  • The benefits and challenges of taking advantage of public-private R&D collaborations
  • What technologies and resources you can utilize to stay on top of these opportunities

Course lessons


What is public funding?

Learn about various types of public funding opportunities like government contracts, design challenges, research grants, public funds and more.



Learn how to navigate a government procurement office, purchasing department, or supplier diversity office to take advantage of opportunities for your business. Get a guide on how you can respond to these opportunities to improve your chances of success. 

Research & Development

Learn the benefits and challenges of taking advantage of public-private research and development collaborations and what companies are best positioned to take advantage of these opportunities.

Tools & Resources

Learn what tools, technologies, and resources you can use to stay updated on the government challenges, programs and initiatives that might be right for your company.

About the coach

Chante Harris is a champion of scaling innovative companies and solutions across the fastest-growing industries through successful go-to-market strategies public-private partnerships. She has worked to scale nationwide campaigns, technologies, and ideas for the Obama Administration, Fortune 500 companies, and startups. In her current role leading business strategy at Capalino, she successfully drives long-term expansion for startups by leading them through the complex processes of winning procurement opportunities, securing pilot projects, undertaking design challenges, and launching community impact initiatives.

Named by America on Tech as an Innovator and Summit as a Senior Fellow, she is passionate about civic engagement and a fierce advocate for women and people of color’s representation in urban innovation. Chante is based in New York City, where she serves as Vice-Chair of Diversity for Teach For America-New York and an Emerging Leader for New York Women’s Foundation. She is an alumna of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and a graduate of American University.

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