The BALSA Foundation is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. We rely on the energy and generosity of the St. Louis entrepreneurial community to operate. Here are ways you can help:

  • Be an Idea Supporter.  Idea Supporters review business ideas of first time entrepreneurs in a critical but constructive way, and are the backbone of our Idea Support program.  Idea Supporters have significant business or entrepreneurial experience and are willing to write a thoughtful review roughly once a month or two.  See list of Idea Supporters.
  • Be an Expert Advisor.  The new Expert Advisor program pairs a BALSA Grant finalist with a community-based subject expert for help and advice on specific topics.  We are looking for small business owners and business professionals to meet with one of our finalists for an hour to answer questions and provide guidance.  Contact the Executive Director for more details.
  • Contribute to the BALSA Grant Fund and In-Kind Donations.  The BALSA Grant awards up to $5,000 in non-dilutive grants as well as professional services from local companies. We welcome both financial and in-kind donations to help fund the BALSA Grant.  Donate here or contact us.
  • Spread the Word.  Being a recognized resource for first time St. Louis entrepreneurs is central to our success.  We prioritize outreach to minority, immigrant, and other under-resourced communities.

If you'd like to help in any way, please contact us!  Your support of The BALSA Foundation helps empower our best and brightest to work toward a better, more equitable St. Louis.