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.  


What We Are Offering

$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.

Explore Options for Site Redevelopment or Acquisition
Based on stage of growth and need, explore options for developing and acquiring a brick-and-mortar property to expand.


How It Works


Eligibility Requirements


Pre-Register For 2023 Today!

Short Form - Twin Cities - 2023 - Formstack
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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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Application Deadline is December 14, 2022

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