A Leg-Up for 501c Startups™ (501cLegUp™) is a new 501c SmallBiz-to-SmallBiz Empowerment Program from The Learners Lab Foundation™ and its parent entity, The Competence Group, LLC™.

A Leg-Up for 501c Startups™ Awards Stipend IT Projects to startup & young technology charities. Applicants to the Program can be just starting out, young in their operations, or an existing entity whose growth has become stuck due to COVID and/or the lingering effects of the 2018 Federal Shutdown — which to be truthful, began in early in 2017.

501cLegUp™ is for 501c charitable tech firms with small staffed operations of 1-5 people — 10 if temps or contingents is part of the team — and sparse revenue, hence the name, “a leg-up.”

Applicants to the 501cLegUp™ Program must be prepared to complete an online application which places them into the 501cLegUp™ Pool to be matched with Web/Tech Projects. To complete your Registration, Applicants must agree to Mentor Interns from the Foundations various programs, to work One-on-One with the Organizational Point of Contact (POC) once that Connection has been made, and to close out our vetting process by providing following instruments as it applies to their Organization:
— their IRS Letter of Determination confirming they are a legally recognized 501c,
— their IRS EIN Letter showing the 501c’s assigned Tax ID Number, and
— their home States Businesses Registration showing their business is a legally registered Non-Stock Non Profit Corporation; it must include the State Business Registration Number, or

— the IRS Verification Notice mailed to their principle office confirming their F1023 Application for Tax Exempt Status was received by the IRS,
— their IRS EIN Letter showing the assigned Tax ID Number as a 501c Classification along with the Entity Legal Name,
— their home States Businesses Registration showing their [future tax exempt] business is a legally registered Non-Stock Non Profit Corporation; it must also include that States Business Registration Number

A Leg-Up for 501c Startups™ is not an elimination competition for a grant. The 501cLegUp™ Program is a series of small web development, software product development, & technology engineering projects The Foundation will award to small, young & future IT charities to complete. The Program pays a nominal, Fixed Stipend directly to Participants to off set costs, and offers an array of perks and benefits.

HTML5 Icon501cLegUp™ is not a Grant Program, so there are no Grants or disbursements to be made. This means there is nothing to be paid to a Fiscal Sponsor. The Stipend is a fixed gratuity to help off-set an Awardees expenses. In addition to the Stipend, Program Awardees receive the following:
** branding/co-branding opportunities,
** complimentary 1-year-long memberships in the new Chamber & Founders Assn whose launch has been delayed but coming soon,
** Free Business Directory Listing for one year across CunNECT™, our Master Business Directory System that spans all web products within The Foundation Enterprise, and
** media & business market exposure

HTML5 Icon501cLegUp™ Awardees will also be welcomed to register as a Technology Vendor Partner which places them in 3PM™, The Foundations Procurement System which mirrors the Federal Government process and includes a dedicated Vendor Pool we use and make available to our Subscribers, Clients, Awardees and other Stakeholders. 501cLegUp™ Awardees will have their choice of one of the following added benefits:
** be featured on our weekly Spotlight Podcast
** to Host a Spotlight Podcast Episode, or
** receive complimentary Prime Placement at our Podcasting Business Center (PBC)™, a weekly 501cSmallBiz-to-SmallBiz MarketXchange we are also launching.

The Learners Lab Foundation™ is building an Economic Development Enterprise of unique programs, open-access to business assets that serve ALL 25+ types of IRS recognized 501c’s, not just 501c3’s. We are creating a peer-based 501cSmallBiz-to-SmallBiz environment that is national in scope and self-empowering as a goal. We are equally relentless in our goal to establish a workforce training system that serves everyone, especially the unemployed, under employed, Non-English speakers, adult literacy programs, and military transitioning back to civilian life.

HTML5 IconThe Foundation has a number of workforce training programs to be launched or relaunched over the coming months into next year. We are starting with our Academic Partnership Initiative (API)™ which has been on hiatus due to the COVID Pandemic. As part of their participation 501cLegUp™ Awardees will be responsible for Mentoring API Student Interns. For more information on API™, visit the program website at https://academicpartnershipinitiative.org.

Updates to the API™ Program site are forthcoming, and Invitations to Participate will be extended soon.




We have been overwhelmed by the response to the 501cLegUp™ Program, and inundated with applications for this new program. Kindly accept our apologies as we have also experienced a host of unforeseen delays due to events beyond our control. We are a team of Volunteer Executives one full and others part time, and thank you for your patience. Please know we will be reaching out as quickly as is possible with next steps to the application and registration process.

Meantime, don’t forget to visit the Academic Partnership Initiative™ program site as well to familiarize yourself with its parameters.

Thank you in advance for your time and interest in this empowerment program. We look forward to meeting you and helping you to succeed.

Take Care.