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MaTCH Pilot Competition
Address the job skills gap by strengthening the connection between makerspaces and workforce development in U.S. cities.
Small Business Administration
Type of Challenge: Business Plans
Submission Start: 05/21/2019 12:00 PM ET
Submission End: 07/08/2019 11:59 PM ET
Fifty-three percent (53%) of small business owners report there “are few or no qualified applicants for the positions they [are] trying to fill.” The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that there are millions of unfilled jobs in the United States. Moreover, many businesses not only face a challenge when attempting to find individuals with the technical or hard skills needed to perform the work required by their industries, but also have difficulty finding individuals with the soft skills necessary to be successful in the workplace.
SBA believes that existing Makerspaces are uniquely positioned to help address this problem. The non-profit organization Maker City posits a strong connection between makerspaces and workforce development in U.S. cities, with numerous benefits including: embracing independent work and self-employment, focus on new forms of vocational education, opportunity to focus on “jobs in the middle” which match makers to those seeking traditional employment, development of new forms of apprenticeship, and a shift to new forms of credentials. SBA proposes a pilot program that will utilize existing Makerspaces to provide the necessary job specific and soft skills training and, to the extent feasible, any required industry or trade certifications (the “MaTCH Pilot Competition”). The goal of the The Makerspace Training, Collaboration, and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition, upon successful completion of the training program, is to have all program graduates immediately placed in positions with previously identified employers that are in need of skilled labor and have committed to employing a set number of program graduates.
For more information, view MaTCH Competition FAQs.
The Competition will award up to $1 million in total prizes, based on the following tiered approach:
Appropriated funds will be used for the cash awards.Each of the awards will be disbursed in a series of four (4) payments as follows:
The Winners will be announced on or about August 6, 2019. Only one prize will be awarded for each winning submission, regardless of the number of Contestants that created or were involved with that submission. SBA reserves the right to substitute prizes of similar value without notice.
This Competition is open only to: (1) citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of their submission of an entry (or teams of such individuals); and (2) private entities, such as corporations or other organizations, both for profit and nonprofit, that are incorporated or organized in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States. Individuals submitting on behalf of corporations, nonprofits, or other organizations or groups of individuals (such as an academic class or other team) must meet the eligibility requirements for individual contestants. An individual cannot belong to more than one team submitting an entry in this Competition. SBA employees and contractors are not eligible, nor are Federal entities or Federal employees acting within the scope of their employment. Individuals or organizations that are currently suspended or debarred by the federal government are not eligible for this Competition. Only Makerspaces that have been in existence and in operation for a minimum period of two (2) years prior to the date of submission will be considered eligible to provide the contemplated program training.
Makerspaces that support businesses or individuals engaged in any activity that is illegal under federal, state, or local law or that can reasonably be determined to support or facilitate any activity that is illegal under federal, state, or local law are ineligible for this competition.
Submissions developed with Federal funding, including grants, are not eligible for the Competition.
Interested persons or entities should review these Competition Rules before entering the Competition. All Contestants must enter the Competition through http://www.sba.gov/MaTCH. Necessary steps and considerations include the following:
Tables, images, and illustrations may use a reduced font size not less than 8-point and may be landscape.
Verification of Winners
The winners must continue to comply with all terms and conditions of these Competition Rules, and winning is contingent upon fulfilling all applicable rules, policies and requirements, including the requirements contained herein.
This Competition is being conducted by SBA pursuant to the America Competes Act (15 U.S.C. § 3719) and is subject to all applicable federal laws and regulations. By participating in this Competition, each Contestant gives its full and unconditional agreement to the Competition Rules, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Competition. A Contestant’s eligibility for a prize award is contingent upon their fulfilling all requirements identified in these Competition Rules. Publication of these Competition Rules is not an obligation of funds on the part of SBA. SBA reserves the right to modify or cancel this Competition, in whole or in part, at any time prior to the award of prizes.
Conflicts of Interest:
No individual acting as a judge at any stage of this Competition may have personal or financial interests in, or be an employee, officer, director, or agent of any Contestant or have a familial or financial relationship with a Contestant.
Intellectual Property Rights:
All entries submitted in response to this Competition will remain the sole intellectual property of the individuals or organizations that developed them. By registering and entering a submission, each Contestant represents and warrants that it is the sole author and copyright owner of the submission, and that the submission is an original work of the contestant, or that the Contestant has acquired sufficient rights to use and to authorize others to use the submission, and that the submission does not infringe upon any copyright or upon any other third party rights of which the Contestant is aware.
By registering and entering a submission, however, the Contestant agrees that SBA reserves an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, copy, distribute to the public, create derivative works from, and publicly display and perform a submission.
By registering and entering a submission, each Contestant consents to SBA’s and its agents' use, in perpetuity, of its name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions, and/or hometown and state information for promotional or informational purposes through any form of media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.
Liability and Insurance Requirements:
By registering and entering a submission, each Contestant agrees to assume any and all risks and waive any and all claims against the U.S. Government and its related entities, except in the case of willful misconduct, for any injury, death, damage, or loss of property, revenue, or profits, whether direct, indirect, or consequential, arising from their participation in this Competition, whether the injury, death, damage, or loss arises through negligence or otherwise. By registering and entering a submission, each Contestant further represents and warrants that it possesses sufficient liability insurance or financial resources to cover claims by a third party for death, bodily injury, or property damage or loss resulting from any activity it carries out in connection with its participation in this Competition, or claims by the U.S. Government for damage or loss to Government property resulting from such an activity. Contest winners should be prepared to demonstrate proof of insurance or financial responsibility in the event the SBA deems it necessary.
Record Retention and Disclosure:
All submissions and related materials provided or made available to SBA in connection with this Competition automatically become SBA records and cannot be returned. Contestants should identify any confidential commercial information contained in their entries at the time of their submission to SBA. SBA will notify Contestants of any Freedom of Information Act requests the Agency receives during the Competition related to their submissions in accordance with 13 C.F.R. § 102.
SBA and its agents are not responsible for:
If for any reason a Contestant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Contestant’s sole remedy is to submit another entry in the Competition, provided it is submitted before the initial screening of entries is completed.
SBA reserves the right at any time, for any reason, to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the Competition, or any part of it.
Participation constitutes each Contestant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and administrative decisions which are final and binding in all matters related to the Competition. The publishing of the Competition Rules is not an obligation of funds; the final award of prizes is contingent upon the availability of appropriations.
The SBA is launching the MaTCH Pilot Competition in order to address the job skills and placement problem faced by U.S. businesses. To be considered for selection, a proposed solution must leverage an existing Makerspace to provide vocational training programs (including job specific skills and soft skills training) that meet the minimum standards of the specific trade and, to the extent feasible, any required industry or trade certifications, in addition to targeted job placement of program graduates in local businesses.Additional factors may be considered, such as, but not limited to: (i)when appropriate, the offering of shared resources, including temporary staffing at no or reduced cost, to certain employers; (ii) when necessary, practical training and assistance in personnel management for certain employers; (iii) whether the Makerspace and/or the jobs to be filled are located in an Opportunity Zone1; (iv) presentation of opportunities for individuals with disabilities; and (v) presentation of opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.Proposed solutions must meet the forgoing requirements supported by documentation that includes the following:
1“An Opportunity Zone is an economically distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.They are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors.Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by a state and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his designated authority to the Internal Revenue Service.” Available at https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/opportunity-zones-frequently-asked-questions.
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