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No Longer Accepting Applications

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Application Closed

March 17, 2023
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Application Review

March 20 to March 31, 2023
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Selection Announcement

April 2023
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We will select up to FOUR businesses.

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Project Elevate is exclusively designed for businesses that are majority-owned by underrepresented individuals, who have experienced disadvantages due to: race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or military affiliation.

To be eligible to enter a business in the program: 51% of leading executive(s) must be from the following underrepresented groups, categorized as:

  • African American/Black

  • Hispanic, Latin(a/o), & Latinx

  • Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Desi

  • Native American/Indigenous

  • Woman

  • Differently Abled

  • LGBTQ+

  • Veteran

To be eligible to participate in the program, the business must meet all the following criteria as of the first day of the program period:

  • Be owned by one or more of the underrepresented, as defined above

  • In business for less than 5 years

  • Have 10 or less employees

  • Ties to the community (employ marginalized individuals and/or support marginalized community efforts)

  • Never purchased national Disney Media, including HULU

  • Have annual gross income of $10M or less

  • The potential participants are subject to verification of eligibility by Disney Advertising, which may include completing associated documentation

  • Business must be located in and authorized to do business in the United States, and all business owners must have the unrestricted right to be employed in the United States throughout the duration of the Project Elevate program and throughout the term of any additional post-term obligations in connection with the Project Elevate program. (Disney will not sponsor work visas for individuals employed for the Project Elevate)

  • All business owners must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age as of October 1, 2022.

  • Full Terms & Conditions will apply

Terms & Conditions

Disney Advertising Sales (“DAS”) reserves the right to request applicants submit additional documentation as part of the application/vetting process. Eligible participants may be asked to participate in an interview as a part of the application process.

Businesses may be selected to participate in Project Elevate, including the number and scope of participating businesses, in Disney’s sole discretion, and the benefits and elements of such participation will be designated in DAS’s sole discretion. Project Elevate is not a contest or sweepstakes, and DAS does not guarantee any benefit, prize, or opportunity to participate to any applicant.

By applying, you acknowledge that: (i) Disney will receive many applications to participate in the Project Elevate program and that these applications may include identical or similar ideas to those set out in your application, and (ii) Disney may already be working on projects (including projects with third parties) or may later decide to work on projects that are identical or similar to the ideas set out in your application and that nothing in your application can prevent or restrict Disney from working on any such projects. Disney is under no restriction with regard to the companies it contracts with or invests in, or the products and services that it develops now or in the future, due to the contents of your application. 

Any application to participate in Project Elevate, including creative ideas, suggestions, business information, or other materials submitted will not be treated as confidential and no confidential or fiduciary relationship is intended or created between me and Disney in any way, and by applying, each applicant agrees that it has no expectation of compensation or consideration of any type, or any right or guarantee to participate in Project Elevate. You agree not to submit any information that you wish to be treated as confidential.