SBA Announces Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition

Release Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) made a move to address the job skills and placement gap this week by launching the Makerspace Training, Collaboration and Hiring (MaTCH) Pilot Competition. SBA believes that existing makerspaces are uniquely positioned to help increase workforce development across the country.

“In today’s booming economy, our nation’s employers are searching for qualified workers to fill the increasing amount of positions currently available,” said SBA Acting Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “The MaTCH Pilot Competition reaffirms SBA’s commitment to supporting new forms of vocational education, developing apprenticeships, independent work, and cultivating access to entrepreneurship.”

The competition will provide funding to create or expand programs with job-specific and soft skills training within existing makerspaces. This focus seeks to address the job skills and placement gaps faced by U.S. businesses by encouraging and supporting industry specific skills and training.

SBA New York District Director, Beth Goldberg, said that makerspaces are perfect “hubs of innovation” which are “uniquely positioned” to contribute to workforce development.

“For several years now, New York City has been called Silicon Alley – but it’s not just in the five boroughs that we see these makerspaces and incubators having an impact. They’re thriving on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley, too. Shared workspaces and mutual learning environments are the perfect places to encourage workforce development and new skill acquisition,” Goldberg said.

The MaTCH Pilot Competition will award up to $1 million in total prizes to fund winning proposals that utilize existing makerspaces to create or expand programs. Job-specific and soft skills training as well as industry specific and trade certifications fall into the category of qualifying programs. The goal is to have all program graduates immediately placed in positions with previously identified employers that are in need of skilled labor.

To enter, applicants must submit a business plan that, among other things, details their team’s qualifications, experience, and resources; the proposed training curriculum; the nature and length of the training/certification program; and the number of trainees that will be accommodated.


Submission Period: May 21, 2019 to July 8, 2019

Winners Announced: August 6, 2019


The MaTCH Pilot Competition entry form, rules and requirements available online at:


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