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Thank you to all who participated in The First Years Parentpreneur Grant Program. We received so many amazing applications and the decision wasn’t easy. We are extremely excited to support these parent entrepreneurs and hope you follow their journey as they follow their dreams.


BTR Woodworks ($7,000 grant recipient)

Brandon started his handmade wood projects as a hobby three years ago, and since then has experienced impressive growth with more than 15,000 products sold. With his 1-year-old son Jude and another baby on the way, Brandon is working to make his beautiful stands and cutting boards into a business that will become a lasting legacy for his family, and passed down to future generations.

Handsocks ($7,000 grant recipient)

Casey (mom of 3-year-old Jillian and 1-year-old Charlie) created Handsocks to solve a problem – the need for long, cozy, sock-like mittens that keep babies and older children warm, as well as protection from scratches and skin conditions.

Bytes for Bits ($6,000 grant recipient)

Michael (dad of 6-year-old Dylan and 4-year-old Connor) and his business partner Jim (dad of 11-year-old Grace, 6-year-old Theodore, 5-year-old Charlie and 4-year-old Jack) created an after school camp for elementary school kids that teaches the fundamentals of software coding. They provide a project-based learning environment, allowing kids to learn in a fun and collaborative setting.

The Doll Kind ($6,000 grant recipient)

Victoria (mom of 2-year-old Anistyn and 10-month-old Madox) and her business partner Jackie (mom of 3-year-old Olivia) are in the process of creating huggable dolls with a mission to inspire children to be kind and give back. Each doll comes with a bag of heart tokens that are given away as an act of kindness. Plus, for each doll purchased a doll will be donated to a child less fortunate.

Sitterfied ($5,000 grant recipient)

Andrew (dad of 3-year-old Alex and 9-month-old Quinn) and his business partner James (dad of 7-year-old Chloe and 6-year-old Ethan) built an online marketplace that connects parents with trusted, friend verified babysitters using the parent’s own social connections.

TENDEN ($5,000 grant recipient)

Todd (dad of 5-month-old Jeune) launched TENDEN to make quality handmade clothing and accessories in the U.S.A. Using his friends and his baby as inspiration, he hopes to grow his passion for fashion to bring joy to others. Look for the new TENDEN baby collection, coming soon!

Curiosity Pack ($4,000 grant recipient)

Lily (mom of 3-year-old Matilda and 10-month-old Milo) delivers age-appropriate activity kits to inspire a child’s love of learning while supporting parents' involvement in their child’s education.

Joule ($4,000 grant recipient)

Ian (dad of 5-year-old Olive and 2-year-old Ani) set out to reinvent the idea of car ownership. Joule takes care of auto maintenance and management, allowing drivers to swap vehicles as their needs change or when the car needs service. If a user is driving a small car but needs to swap for an SUV, the Joule app can be used to summon the replacement and have it delivered in as little as an hour.

All Out Celebrations ($3,000 grant recipient)

Jennifer (mom of 3-year-old Will and 1-year-old Miller) and her business partner Sarah (mom of 3-year-old Jack, 2-year-old Lewie and 8-month-old Max) aim to provide busy parents the opportunity to easily create “picture perfect” memories with their children. Their curated boxes are filled with all the goods needed to make milestones fun, stress-free and unforgettable.

Petite Marin ($3,000 grant recipient)

Rachel (mom of 10-year-old Nathaniel, 7-year-old Juliet and 2-year-old Theodore) and her business partner Melina (mom of 7-year-old Tabitha and 5-year-old Miriam) are launching a sustainable children’s clothing line. They will offer both a ready-to-wear line incorporating vintage textiles as well as custom garments made from their customers’ own button-downs. Their eco-couture company will upcycle treasured garments into classic clothing for the next generation to enjoy.

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