ENTREPRENEUR DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
The Entrepreneur Development Initiative (EDI) is a transformative program that addresses significant barriers faced by entrepreneurs from marginalized and underrepresented communities, such as limited access to capital, mentorship, and business networks. We seek to empower underserved entrepreneurs by addressing these gaps and creating a more inclusive and diverse business ecosystem by providing crucial one-on-one support and assisting entrepreneurs in securing access to resources that lead to both near-term success and long-term sustainability.
EDI makes targeted scholarship opportunities available to provide mentorship and financial support for business start-ups or expansion. This can help overcome the financial barriers that often hinder entrepreneurs from marginalized communities, allowing them to access the necessary capital to bring their ideas to fruition. By connecting underserved entrepreneurs with our network of experienced mentors and industry professionals, the initiative helps identify, cultivate, teach, and refine the valuable skills of successful entrepreneurs and business owners and builds confidence in the entrepreneurs' personal and professional skill sets that will foster long-term growth.
Our program prioritizes building partnerships with local community organizations, educational institutions, and financial institutions to create a comprehensive support network. By collaborating with these entities, the initiative can leverage existing resources and expertise to offer tailored programs and services. This approach ensures that underserved entrepreneurs receive the specific support they need, addressing their unique challenges. EDI unlocks marginalized communities' untapped potential and talent, driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and promoting social equity.
If you are an underserved entrepreneur with a business or a business idea, apply to become part of this exciting community .