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Application Deadline: August 27

Village Capital and The Black Innovation Alliance are accepting applications for the second iteration of Resource, a nationwide program to support and uplift entrepreneur support organizations (think incubators and accelerators) that are led by and focused on founders of color.

The goal of Resource is to create a stronger entrepreneurial infrastructure for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous founders across the United States, by running ESO accelerators and building a community of practice around these ecosystem leaders. This will happen in two ways:


  • Trainings: Resource's "ESO Accelerator” will train startup ecosystem leaders of color on how to build a more financially sustainable organization, as well as curate connections to potential funders. Resource will provide milestone-based financial support tied to organizational development.

  • Community: Resource will build a national community of practice among ESO leaders of color and their funders – to share best practices in entrepreneur support and develop stronger capital and mentorship pathways for founders in communities across the country.

For more information, reach out to Dahlia Joseph of Village Capital (dahlia.joseph@vilcap.com) or Bianca St. Louis of Black Innovation Alliance (bstlouis@blackinnovationalliance.com)

Source: Black and Brown Founders

Meet the coalition of funders supporting Resource

Cohort I

Cohort II

Meet the Ecosystem Leaders

Alfred Mathews III

Alfred Mathews III

ESO Ventures

Partner

Ben Wanzo

Ben Wanzo

ESO Ventures

Partner

Martha Hernandez

Martha Hernandez

ESO Ventures

Partner

Lucy Huang

Lucy Huang

Impact Ventures

Program Director

Deldep Medina

Deldep Medina

Black and Brown Founders

Executive Director

Jessica Stago

Jessica Stago

Change Labs

Director of Business Incubation

Kristine Laughter

Kristine Laughter

Change Labs

Director of Kinship Lending

Keisha Mabry Haymore

Keisha Mabry Haymore

Wepower

Director of Entrepreneur Development

Kerrie Bowie

Kerrie Bowie

Majira Project

Executive Director

Kunbi Tinuoye

Kunbi Tinuoye

UrbanGeekz

CEO

Preston James II

Preston James II

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Div Inc

CEO

Brooke Turner

Brooke Turner

Div Inc

Program Director

Joy Hutton

Joy Hutton

Div Inc

Program Director

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow

Melinda Weekes-Laidlow

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Beautiful Ventures

Founder/CEO

Rachel Wilson

Rachel Wilson

Collab Studio

Director of Operations

Gary Johnson III

Gary Johnson III

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First Founders

Founder, Executive Director

Resource is led by

The largest supporter of early-stage, impact-driven startups in the world.,Since 2009 our team has worked with more than 1,100 startup founders in 28 countries, and our alumni raise more than 3x the capital than a control group after graduating our programs. ,Since 2016 we have worked with more than 100 incubators and accelerators around the world to share best practices, program design principles and management tools.

The largest supporter of early-stage, impact-driven startups in the world.


Since 2009 our team has worked with more than 1,100 startup founders in 28 countries, and our alumni raise more than 3x the capital than a control group after graduating our programs.


Since 2016 we have worked with more than 100 incubators and accelerators around the world to share best practices, program design principles and management tools.


The Black Innovation Alliance (BIA) is a unifying body for innovator support organizations (ISOs) creating pathways to Black prosperity and empowerment through the support and development of founders, entrepreneurs, and creative technologists.,BIA exists to strengthen the ecosystem that cultivates Black entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative technologists. It brings together support organizations leading work in this space and is the first of its kind.

The Black Innovation Alliance (BIA) is a unifying body for innovator support organizations (ISOs) creating pathways to Black prosperity and empowerment through the support and development of founders, entrepreneurs, and creative technologists.


BIA exists to strengthen the ecosystem that cultivates Black entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative technologists. It brings together support organizations leading work in this space and is the first of its kind.


How to Get Involved

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