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Winners for the 2019 Call for Proposals have been announced
ABOUT THE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
In January, FOUND/LA announced our first ever call for proposals. We were looking to find and fund partners hard at work providing resources, events, and mentorship to entrepreneurs to help grow and expand their existing businesses. We were hoping to identify multiple organizations running programs that provide a wide range of support for local entrepreneurs.
Grants will be for a one-year pilot to help us get to know the organizations and the communities where they work before establishing longer-term, multi-year grants in 2020.
We think about our partners as an ecosystem, with individual partners adding value in unique and complementary ways. The idea is that no matter where our entrepreneurs are located in Los Angeles, and no matter where they’re at in their entrepreneurial journey, there will be a FOUND/LA partner nearby who can help take their business to the next level.
Storefronts LA: A Small Business Design Initiative
With the support of Found/LA, an initiative of the Wurwand Foundation, Storefronts, LA will help mom and pop businesses through low-cost, high-impact design tell a compelling story about the business: its values, its role in the community, and its customers. LA-Más will support small business development in low to moderate income communities by providing free design, permitting, and construction administration for interior and exterior small business design projects. The program also features a partnership with business development organizations who will referral eligible and interested business owners, including: Inclusive Action for the City, Los Angeles Food Policy Council, Asian Pacific Islander Small Business Program, Opportunity Fund, and Managed Career Solutions.
ABOUT THE ORG
LA-Más is a non-profit urban design organization that helps lower-income and underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. They envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed — where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.
The Residency: Leveling the Playing Field for Los Angeles Entrepreneurs
We’re excited to work with FOUND/LA to support the growth of our Residency Program for future cohorts and provide continuing resources and engagement opportunities to our program alumni. The majority of our efforts have been focused on companies within our 12 week program, but as our community has grown, we recognize the importance of providing ongoing support and education to our alumni community as companies advance through critical stages of their businesses.
Founded in 2015, GRID110 is a community and economic development organization supporting a diverse community of entrepreneurs in Los Angeles through access to office space, critical resources and support. Our mission is to make the entrepreneurial path more equitable, inclusive, and accessible.
Multicultural Women Executive Leadership
Scholarships for Multicultural Entrepreneurs
FOUND/LA’s funding will provide scholarships to empower local business owners to take their business to the next level by participating in the Multicultural Women Entrepreneur Program at USC During Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020.
The Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers and supports leadership and entrepreneurship training and development to empower multicultural women and young girls. Its focus is on strengthening the US economic landscape by leveraging multicultural women’s “cultural capital” through customized gender and cultural education, access to business capital, mentorship and a support network. It accomplishes this by empowering multicultural women to develop leadership and entrepreneurial intelligence, create jobs and develop leaders, thus spawning a new generation of successfully sustainable multicultural high-level leaders and companies.
Diversity leads to strongest business results, yet change is slow and multicultural women remain underrepresented in leadership positions and entrepreneurial ventures. The programs offered by Multicultural Women Executive Leadership Foundation are focused and curated for the professional and personal development of all women leaders, including Executive Women, Entrepreneur Women, and Millennial Leaders. From embracing the principles used in Harvard University’s groundbreaking Authentic Leadership program, to learning curriculum based on cutting edge research taught by USC Faculty Scholars, these are one of a kind programs addressing multiple facets of leadership development. Men are also encouraged to apply.
Small Business Majority
Unleashing Potential: Supporting Women Business Owners
Through this project, Small Business Majority will continue offering educational and community-building events that support women business owners from undeserved communities in Los Angeles. Our Women’s Entrepreneurship Program supports current and aspiring women entrepreneurs with tailored education and connections to local resources, including local organizations that can help with funding, networking and mentorship. Our online resource platform, Venturize.org, complements this work with bilingual resources such as business plan and financial statement templates, licensing advice for women and business owners of color, and other expert advice from our partners. The platform’s resource map also helps visitors connect with lenders and business assistance providers. Combining these in-person and online strategies will ensure that LA’s women business owners can easily access the resources and support systems they need to start and grow a successful business.
Small Business Majority is a national small business education and advocacy organization, founded and run by small business owners to ensure America’s entrepreneurs are a key part of a thriving and inclusive economy. We actively engage small business owners and policymakers in support of public policy solutions, and we deliver information and resources to entrepreneurs that promote small business growth and drive a strong, sustainable job-creating economy. Our extensive scientific opinion polling, focus groups and economic research help us educate and inform policymakers, the media and other stakeholders about key issues impacting small businesses and freelancers, including healthcare, access to capital, taxes, retirement, paid leave and other workforce issues.