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Make an impact this holiday season: one story, one invention, one innovation at a time

Give budding businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs their wings with our holiday donation drive!

$6,175 raised

$6,000 goal

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Your generosity makes an impact!

You give for one micro-grant and our Board Of Directors will match...

It's the 2018 Holiday Giving Season and the close of yet another year of Stardust's service to others. Our goal is to match that with individual donations from the greater Stardust family from now through December 31st.

We need your help: our work relies on the generosity of donors like you!

Donation perks

Your help now brings micro-grants and all our "good" stuff of The Stardust-Startup Factory to life. And to show our gratitude, we have lots of perks to offer to thank you for your gift:

$500 or more - Recognition in Stardust's winter newsletter, one-year membership in Stardust's Spiritual Alchemy (for you or a friend), a Stardust vinyl sticker, 1 mug and 1 tote

$250 - Recognition in Stardust's winter newsletter, one-year membership in Stardust's Spiritual Alchemy (for you or a friend), a Stardust vinyl sticker

$100 - One-year membership in Stardust's Spiritual Alchemy (for you or a friend), a Stardust vinyl sticker

$50 - Stardust vinyl sticker and bookmark

Our network

The Stardust-Startup Factory is rooted in the foundation of carrying on the things that Angus Moloney was passionate about: sustainability, health, and learning. If you haven't read our website stories or seen the interviews we recorded with the emerging entrepreneurs who have been helped by your donations over the past three years, we encourage you to watch the video (2 minute teaser video or the full video) to see all the good that's been created in Angus's memory.

And for 2019, we're building the Stardust Entrepreneurial Network!

At its very core, the mission of The Stardust-Startup Factory is to support emerging entrepreneurs and help their initiatives grow. This year we're proud to launch the Stardust Entrepreneurial Network (SEN): a collaborative place where our past and present micro-grant recipients network with trusted businesses who help them continue to grow, learn, and change the world. Each SEN member has something to offer to the rest of the network, so connections can be made and we can all work together!

Explore the potential of the SEN with us. 🔎 If you are an entrepreneur with experience to share, become a SEN mentor. If you have business services you want to offer, become a partner. Sign up here!

About Stardust

Aspiring entrepreneurs are the key to our future. Listening to their ideas and supporting their projects gives them a chance to try something new, to fill a gap, and to impact their local communities. Our role is to provide them with initial funding and a platform for sharing, so that the whole Stardust community may become inspired by their work, make connections, and see from new perspectives.

The Stardust-Startup Factory provides financial support, in the form of $2,000 micro-grants, for the innovative, inventive, and creative work of emerging entrepreneurs making positive social and environmental impact in the areas of sustainability, health, and learning.

Our focus areas represent the three most needed areas for adaptive change in our world today.

  • Sustainability: We strive to live in harmony with our environment and learn from it in order to help ourselves. Natural elements and resources are ours to harness if we can do it with great respect for the Earth they come from! Sustainability projects we fund explore smart solutions that promote accessibility and renewability.
    • Integration of water-food-energy nexus in renewable, accessible ways
    • More results with fewer products, recycling/repurposing materials
    • Alternative housing solutions for affordability, accessibility, and living in balance with the environment
    • Economic durability for developing communities
    • Self-sustaining parts in a system (business, organization, project)
    • Solutions for ecological sustainability
  • Learning: The value of education depends on its accessibility for all and affordability, more than anything. We all have a right to be curious, learn, and grow. Stardust values openness and transparency that cultivates this curiosity and the cooperation that allows knowledge to be shared.
    • Alternative/innovative education techniques
    • DIY learning, sharing ideas, design and implementation of makerspace and co-working environments
    • Advancing technological literacy
    • Expanding ways to make learning accessible
    • Bringing new yet appropriate material to developing communities
    • Inventions which expand research in a particular field
  • Health: We know and value the importance of health in our everyday lives. Good mental health keeps our minds stable, conscious, self-aware, curious, and positive. Our minds are connected with our bodies, which also require quality nutrition, outdoor activity, and proper body treatment of all kinds.
    • Mental health: accessibility in emotional and behavioral improvement; happiness and more mindful mental attitude in personal, societal, and environmental health; mind-body connections to health
    • Physical health: food and nutrition awareness, affordability, and accessibility; understanding our bodies; mind/body connections to health
"This is an organization that cares deeply about its causes and focuses on making sure every dollar goes to make an impact in the world, in the areas of sustainability, health, and learning. Their stories are inspiring. Their impact is tangible." - Erin M

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The Stardust-Startup Factory is recognized as a nonprofit corporation in North Carolina with Federal IRS 501(c)(3) status. It is also registered with GuideStar.