Forging new ways to make smart, positive change for sustainability, health, and learning challenges

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The world needs solutions

Our era filled with climate change crises, economic gaps and instabilities, and political distrust is in great need of adaptive changes both locally and globally.

Inventive thinkers

Innovation and creativity are key to our future. Individuals and startups have great potential to make an impact on their communities and others by sharing their results.

A call for resources

Not all emerging entrepreneurs can access the capital they need. When they cannot find the financial support to begin, they often give up.

We offer opportunity

Stardust proudly helps emerging, world-conscious businesses and startups with funding, networking, and promotional support.

ProApia Biotech
funded Spring 2020

Aspiring impact entrepreneurs
are the key to a brighter future.

Listening to their ideas and supporting their projects gives them a chance to try something new, fill a gap, and impact their local communities. We provide emerging entrepreneurs and early-stage startups with initial funding and a platform for sharing, so that others may become inspired by their work, make connections, and see from new perspectives.

20

Since 2015, we've supported 20 projects at their start and continue to follow their progress to this day. Quality and sustainability over quantity.

40,000

So far, we've granted $40k worth of micro-grants—thanks to our generous donors and the foundations and companies that have chosen us as their preferred nonprofit.

95

Within the first year of receiving funds, 95% of the entrepreneurs that we supported demonstrated business success and showed positive social and environmental impact.

We focus on issues that matter.

Conscious eating

Food & Water accessibility

Natural remedies

Mental Health

Great mental health means keeping our minds stable, conscious, self-aware, curious, and positive, while plant-based nutrition, outdoor activity, and quality body treatment is the key for great physical health. Projects we fund in health are focused on these key elements.

More on health

Environment & behavior

renewing & reusing

Green economics

Durable business

Sustainability projects we fund explore smart solutions that promote accessibility and renewability. 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.

more on sustainability

Accessible education

collaboration

Technological literacy

Do-it-yourself (DIY)

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.

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Lumbrick team

meeting in Cameroon, July 2017

Find Your Way / Show The Way

2019 outreach event, NYC

Dragonfly Effect Naturals team

donating products in Jamaica, 2017

Tami Thomas

receiving her micro-grant, March 2016

Discover Unfold

Stardust meetup, March 2017

Co-creators Jean and Camille

meeting in Montreal, 2017

On behalf of Alex and myself, I would like to express how grateful we are to be partners with Stardust on this challenging journey. The road ahead is full of hurdles but we have never felt as confident as we do now as we begin to catch our stride.

Adam RivaCEO and Founder, Dragonfly Effect Naturals

I am truly grateful that your organization has given [our initiative] a gentle push to make kids' lives worthwhile. Thank you for believing in us!

Ihonwa SylvesterFounder, Educate A Child Initiative

If you are an inventor or trying to do something good for the world, Stardust is your best option for a micro-grant. They are also like family.

Ethan KraussInventor, Micro-grant Recipient

This is a great organization that has turned the loss of a loved one into a healing and helpful process to help creatives in sustainability, health, and learning.

A.J. HobbsMassage Therapist and Holistic Healer

We just won the World Vision pitch to get $30,000! Thank you for being the first organization to believe in us. We'll continue working hard to realize our goal.

The Lumbrick TeamStartup, Micro-grant Recipient

This is an organization that cares deeply about its causes and focuses on making sure every dollar goes to make an impact. Their stories are inspiring. Their impact is tangible.

Erin MoloneyDirector of Marketing, Perficient Digital

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There are many different ways to join us as we brighten the sky and brighten the future. See each column for details.

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If you're an emerging entrepreneur, innovator, or inventor of any kind and have an idea for a project within our 3 focus areas, don't hesitate to apply for a microgrant!

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Join our growing online network for entrepreneurs and business-people

The Stardust Entrepreneurial Network (SEN): a collaborative place where our past and present micro-grant recipients network with trusted entrepreneurs who help them continue to grow, learn, and change the world.