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Funding Resources

Find the right funding and financing to meet the growing needs of your business with our network of partners.


Our Grants

We offer both national and regional grants annually for diverse-led small business owners across the U.S.


Business Accelerators

We guide business owners through the process of achieving growth through curriculum, hands-on assignments, and coaching. 

We Understand Founders.

We are founders just like you. We understand the challenges you endure and can provide meaningful assistance to help you grow your business.

We Are Inclusive.

It is essential to our mission that we seek out and include people of color,
women, veterans and LGBTQ founders.

Community Matters.

We work in your neighborhood by providing local resources. We currently serve: Chicago, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, Inland Empire, Philadelphia and Miami.

Join the largest national platform for growing businesses led by diverse founders.

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Our Programs

Founders First Challenge.

Designed for entrepreneurs with established businesses, earning between $50K and $250K in annual revenue, who want to achieve growth. 

Founders First Bootcamp.

Designed for entrepreneurs with established businesses, earning a minimum of $250K in annual revenue who want to achieve rapid growth. 

Founders First FastPath.

Designed for companies generating $1 million to $5 million in annual revenues who are seeking up to $1 million in growth capital as well as professional development.

Learn how Founders First CDC is accelerating the growth of diverse-led businesses.

Strategic expansion programs, coaching and resources to help small businesses grow to $10M and beyond. 

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