Center for Economic Inclusion
Vanguard Accelerator

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Black, Indigenous, and Latina Businesses

In partnership with Founders First CDC and NEOO, the Center for Economic Inclusion Vanguard Accelerator are offering Black, Indigenous, and Latina-owned businesses capital investment and funding to accelerate their growth.  

Be Considered For One Or More Opportunities


$50,000 in Small Business Grants
The fund will make investments of $5,000 each to ten Black, Indigenous, or Latina owned businesses in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Accelerator Program Scholarship
As part of our mission to provide continued education, all grant recipients will receive a scholarship to a Founders First accelerator program.


Access to Forgivable Loans
Depending on the need and scope, grant recipients will also receive access to forgivable loans ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.

Forgivable loans are use to support growth, sustainability, and job creation.


Explore Options for Site Redevelopment or Acquisition
Predevelopment technical assistance provided in partnership with NEOO Partners including site development and redevelopment to enhance the organization’s brick-and-mortar real estate impact services.

This is a leveraged grant, which means that it requires matching funds. 

How It Works

Eligibility Requirements

Pre-Register For The
2024 Center For Economic Inclusion Vanguard Accelerator

Short Form - Twin Cities - Formstack
Please use your business email address.

Founders First offers intensive growth accelerators to help founders like you to grow and expand their businesses.

While the time required is significant, 87% saw increased revenue in just 3-6 months following completion. For more details watch this video of a recent pitch competition to see the impact of our accelerators.

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Supporting Partners

Meet Our 2023 Vanguard Accelerator Finalists

Damaris Hollingsworth

Design By Melo

Anissa Keyes

Arubah Emotional Health Service

Antoinette Flores

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Kali Terry

Life Juices

Khadija Ali

Global Language Connections

Maria Burns Ortiz

7 Generation games

Babette Buckner

Moltron Builders

Cecilia Stanton

The Stanton Adams Consulting

Wendy Sullivan

Wenrich PD Construction

Tamara Taylor

SnackChat Networking Lounge

Terresa Moses

Blackbird Revolt

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