Center for Economic Inclusion
Vanguard Accelerator

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We're Focused on Supporting
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
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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Grant Interest

Supporting Partners

Meet Our 2022 Grant Finalists

Wendy Sullivan

WENRICH PD Construction LLC

D. Tomme Beevas

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

Edna McKenzie

Midwest Select Contracting

Meet Our 2022 Forgivable Loan Finalists

Georgia Fort

BLCK Press

Junita Flowers

Junita's Jar

LaShawna Rhodes

Earth's Beauty Supply

Jasmine Russell

Monicat Data, LLC

Meet Our 2022 Site Redevelopment Finalist

D. Tomme Beevas

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen

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