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Blackbaud – 1Mby1M Social Good Startup Challenge Launches

Posted on Thursday, Oct 17th 2019

Blackbaud, the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, and the One Million by One Million (1Mby1M) global virtual accelerator have come together to launch the Blackbaud – 1Mby1M Social Good Startup Challenge.

Open to early-stage companies with products that extend or complement Blackbaud vertical solutions, this competition will select startups through an application process to be rewarded with:

  • Access to the Blackbaud SKY Developer platform with a (shared) test environment
  • A private support channel and 1:1 help setting you up for success with your integration/s
  • Ability to reach thousands of Blackbaud customers by:
    • Making your software accessible in-product via the Connected Apps marketplace
    • Add-Ins that show your product data/features “natively” in Blackbaud SKY products
  • Ability to join Blackbaud’s ISV Partner Program (1Y free), including:
    • Company description on in the Partner directory
    • Access to exclusive Blackbaud Partner events and content
    • Invitation to the Blackbaud Partner Summit in 2020
  • Invitations to regional customer events convened by Blackbaud Marketing
  • A “demo day” to pitch your product to Blackbaud vertical sales and product leaders
  • Opportunity to leverage Blackbaud marketing channels (blog, podcast, etc)*
  • Discounted tickets to attend bbcon 2020, Blackbaud’s premier tech gathering for social good
  • Free Microsoft Azure account, credits toward services, and architectural design consultation
  • Consideration for a $5,000-$25,000 grant (no strings, no equity dilution) from Blackbaud’s new startup fund

… PLUS one year scholarships to 1Mby1M Premium, which includes access to weekly mentoring and a proven, online curriculum to help accelerate the business-building progress of entrepreneurs. 1Mby1M also offers access to a vast network of potential customers, channel partners, investors, Each media, analysts and advisors through the 1Mby1M Premium program.

Participation Criteria:

  • Early-stage software company with product in-market, at least one paying customer
  • Existing or target customer base in one or more of the following verticals: 
    • Arts and Cultural Organizations
    • Corporate Social Responsibility
    • Faith Communities
    • Foundations / Grantmakers
    • Healthcare Organizations
    • Higher Education Institutions
    • K-12 Schools
    • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Could integrate w. 1+ Blackbaud products (API access & support included)

Submit your APPLICATION FOUND HERE by December 15, 2019. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

For a preview of the 1Mby1M  program, please register to attend a FREE online mentoring roundtable session here. In case you are unable to attend live, all who register will receive the recording by email the next day. If you are getting excited about applying, this video shares more details about the challenge:

About Blackbaud: 

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, companies, education institutions, healthcare organizations and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through cloud software, services, expertise and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.

About 1Mby1M:

One Million by One Million (1Mby1M) is the first global virtual accelerator, headquartered in Silicon Valley. We aim to nurture a million entrepreneurs to reach a million dollars each in annual revenue and beyond, thereby creating a trillion dollars in global GDP and ten million jobs. For more information, please visit 1Mby1M, and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

* At the discretion of Blackbaud Marketing

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