TRENTON, N.J. – April 22, 2020
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced the launch of its New Jersey Entrepreneur Support Program to help Garden State entrepreneurs with limited cashflow due to COVID-19 by giving them access to capital from investors that are already investing in their companies. A link to the program application is posted on the State’s COVID-19 Business Information Hub. This guarantee program is part of a package of initiatives, including grants and loans, announced late last month to support businesses and workers facing economic hardship due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
The New Jersey Entrepreneur Support Program is a $5 million program that will create a guarantee to support repayment of an investor loan advanced for working capital purposes and is designed to encourage investors to support businesses within their portfolios.
The program will provide an 80 percent NJEDA guarantee for an eligible new loan or convertible note by a qualified investor into a New Jersey qualified business, not to exceed a $200,000 guarantee per company. Investors are qualified for the program if they have already provided funding to a New Jersey company through a simple agreement for equity (SAFE), convertible note, or equity investment as of March 9, 2020 (the date of the Governor’s Executive Order 103). Participating investors are not required to be New Jersey residents and can include, but are not limited to, individuals, trusts, and corporations. There will be no fees associated with the NJ Entrepreneur Support Program for the first five years of a loan and then standard modification fees will apply.
To be eligible to benefit from the program, a company must be headquartered in New Jersey, have fewer than 25 total employees with a minimum of 50 percent of its employees in the Garden State, and under $5 million in revenues as of December 31, 2019. Additional eligibility requirements for both investors and entrepreneurs can be found at http://cv.business.nj.gov.
The NJEDA has established a new toll-free number specifically for inquiries related to NJEDA’s Small Business Emergency Assistance programs. Please call (844) 965-1125 to speak with a representative.