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Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) CEO Christine Ntim Selected As Tory Burch Foundation Fellow

New York, NY: Thursday, July 1, 2021 – The Tory Burch Foundation announced today the 50 early-stage women entrepreneurs selected for the 2021 class of the Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program, now in its seventh year. Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) CEO Christine Ntim was selected in this year’s cohort group. 

Receiving over a thousand applications, the Foundation selected a cohort of diverse small businesses for the year-long education program. ” Hailing from 18 states and Washington, D.C., and ranging in age from 24 to 60, the 2021 Fellows are diverse in every sense of the word. The top industries represented are retail, apparel, food/beverage and technology, with two entrepreneurs making strides in the male-dominated construction industry. Several of the companies represented are purpose-driven, with many focusing on sustainability initiatives. Fifty-eight percent are founders of color. 

The majority of the entrepreneurs have been in business less than five years, and considering that nearly half of all small businesses fail within those first five years, it is a critical time. In addition, women founders are less likely to pass $1 million in revenue. 

The Foundation is dedicated to helping the Fellows reach and surpass these key indicators of success.  

About Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is an education tech recruitment company. With a mission to prepare millennial and future generations for the digital age. GSE brings together both private and public stakeholders to address humanity’s greatest workforce challenges. The platform hosts a series of employer customised accelerator programs, global tech summit gatherings and skills training programs for its membership community. As home to the world’s first digital talent career accelerator program, GSE supports a fast growing network of remote tech professionals. GSE aims to up skill 1 billion people by 2030. 

About the Tory Burch Foundation The Tory Burch Foundation advances women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship in the United States by providing access to capital, education and digital resources: the Fellows Program has provided over $1.3M in grants to help women grow their businesses; the Tory Burch Capital Program, powered by Bank of America, has distributed over $65 million dollars in loans to more than 3,500 women entrepreneurs; and each month, the Foundation provides online tools and digital education to more than 500,000 women and more than 10,000 women have created their business plans on ToryBurchFoundation.org.

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Opens For Investment via Launch of Equity Crowdfunding Campaign

[New York, USA, June 29, 2021] Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE), the World’s 1st digital talent career accelerator platform, has launched an equity crowdfunding campaign via the Start Engine platform  https://www.startengine.com/global-startup-ecosystem.  

Currently revolutionizing the recruitment sector, Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) has already achieved significant success by offering SME and large institutions a unique platform to source and train tech talent from emerging markets entirely online. It’s subscriber base has grown to 258,000, which was doubled during the 2020 pandemic year. 

GSE plans to continue expansion into high growth markets across Africa and the Caribbean in countries such as Haiti, Nigeria, Ghana and Ethiopia and increase its diversity programs for blacks and women in the USA over the next few years with the launch of its community app. The company has already supported top level clients such as Linkedin, Google, SAP, Microsoft, Mastercard, Intuit, Facebook, US State Department and more. 

With an ambitious growth plan, Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is now looking for shareholders to invest in the next stages to support business growth and expansion.  It will use the funds raised to further develop the platform to improve site functionality and experience as well as integrate artificial intelligence capabilities to provide users with customized career path resources). The minimum investment starts at $158. 

The Founder and CEO Christine Ntim said that “we have been piloting digital career accelerator programs in emerging markets for years. With remote work becoming a staple part of company talent growth strategy, platforms like Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) that source, train and prepare tech talent will continue to experience high demand. We aim to be a one-stop shop that enables individuals to source remote job opportunities while undergoing the precise training requirements for companies”. GSE solves the problem of simplifying the recruitment process for corporations sourcing talent in emerging markets and emerging communities.

By opening up its doors, Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) hopes to attract shareholders who are passionate about technology and who want to help influence the way we work. With the emphasis on making shareholders feel truly valued, its hope that those who choose to invest will have a significant and meaningful impact on shaping the future of work in the digital age. 

To learn more about Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) and the opportunity for equity investment during the current limited-time funding round, please visit https://www.startengine.com/global-startup-ecosystem 

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About Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is an education tech recruitment company. With a mission to prepare millennial and future generations for the digital age. GSE brings together both private and public stakeholders to address humanity’s greatest workforce challenges. The platform hosts a series of employer customised accelerator programs, global tech summit gatherings and skills training programs for its membership community. As home to the world’s first digital talent career accelerator program, GSE supports a fast growing network of remote tech professionals. GSE aims to up skill 1 billion people by 2030. 

About Start Engine:  Start Engine is one of the leading equity crowdfunding platforms in the U.S., where everyday people can find and invest in early-growth companies and startups. Start Engine has helped more than 350 companies raise $150M+ from a community of over 250,000 prospective investors. Based in Los Angeles, the company was created in 2015 by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Ron Miller.

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Welcomes Christine Ntim as CEO to focus Company Mission on Upskilling Millennials for the Future of Work

[New York, USA, June 4, 2021] Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) was founded by serial entrepreneur Christine Ntim who will now take on a new role as the Chief Executive Officer and spearhead the company’s evolving focus on tackling the current global unemployment crisis and workforce challenges. 

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is well known as a platform for accessing emerging tech hubs and sourcing tech talent from all over the world. The future of work is now here and as one of the fastest growing private companies upskilling millennial talent from around the world, in particular in emerging markets countries such as Haiti, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia etc and emerging communities in the United States targeting women and people of color, GSE is now poised to expand its efforts in workforce development as a market leader. 

During the pandemic, Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) experienced a huge spike in subscribers growing from 117,000 members to 258,000+. The company also experienced a surge in demand from institutional clients searching for platforms that can source tech talent via Global Startup Ecosystem’s  pioneering digital accelerator program structure. For example,  applications for their career accelerator programs targeting Nigeria welcomed 62,000+ applications for only 1000 spots.  The same demand is happening for other high growth countries as more millennials see the GSE platform as more relatable, practical and community centric. GSE has already supported supranational clients such as Forbes, Linkedin, US State Department, Microsoft and more.  

The demand will continue to grow as the global unemployment crisis continues with talent shortages becoming a huge workforce challenge for fortune 1000 companies. 400-800 million jobs could be displaced by 2030 according to McKinsey Global Institute’s latest report. Korn Ferry predicts a coming global human talent shortage of more than 85 million people. Freelancers Union predicts that over 50% of US workers will be freelancing by 2027. And according to recruiter Robert Half, 94% of global business leaders are sourcing contractors from online digital job platforms. These numbers are only accelerating as a post pandemic remote work world continues to unfold. 

The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) mission is to prepare millennials and future generations for the digital age and aims to fulfil the objective of upskilling 1 billion people by 2030 under the leadership of Christine Ntim. 

About Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is a tech recruitment company that is building the tech workforce of the future. With a mission to prepare millennials and future generations for the digital age, the ai powered platform hosts a series of employer customized career accelerator programs, global tech summit gatherings in emerging markets, and several skills training programs for its membership community. As home to the world’s first digital talent career accelerator program, the company supports the sustainable development goals of workforce empowerment and aims to upskill 1 billion people by 2030.

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Twitter Opens Office in Ghana – Call for Remote Work Opportunities

The Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) is pleased to share breaking news from Twitter who will be launching an office in Ghana. Check out the article round up from Tech Crunch and the Guardian below.

Founders Einstein Ntim and Christine Ntim with Jack Dorsey at GSE Powered Tech Summit Program. 

Ghana’s Tech Ecosystem is Growing! Excitement Regarding Twitter’s Launch in Ghana, Africa. 

GSE Founders Einstein Ntim and Christine Ntim with Jack Dorsey at a GSE Powered Tech Summit. 

Since the launch of Ghana Tech Summit in 2018, GSE has worked with several local and global partners to position Ghana as a major tech hub on the continent. In 2019 we were one of the first to announce that Google opened its first Africa Artificial Intelligence lab in Ghana.

As more developments continue we realized the need to train Africa’s young workforce for these growing job opportunities within the tech sector. In 2020 we launched one of the largest Remote Work Initiatives which included a Africa Career Accelerator Program and a separate Ghana Remote Career/Internship Program. Call for 2021 applications and stakeholders are outlined below. 

Congrats to Ghana and Africa’s Future! 

Call for Applications:

GSE is the world’s largest career accelerator platform and to date has trained over 22,000+ young African youth for remote job opportunities. We plan to scale this reach with 25,000 African Youth in 2021 with aims to reach 100,000 by 2023.

Young people ages 18-35 can apply for the 2021 Career Accelerator Program which comes with a remote internship experience to work at GSE or any partner company in the GSE network. Applications are live here.

2020 Breaking News Announcement During the Pandemic

Check out the article round ups below!

Twitter advertises jobs in Ghana as it prepares to open first Africa office

Twitter has announced it will recruit 11 people in Ghana, the company’s first hires on the African continent, and that it is looking into opening an office there.

The social media company joins Facebook and other tech companies moving into Africa.

“Africa will define the future,” Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey, said in 2019 after a visit to Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa.

As shared in the Guardian

Twitter to set up its first African presence in Ghana

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, via a tweet, announced that the company would be setting up a presence in Africa. “Twitter is now present on the continent. Thank you, Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo,” he said.

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In a statement, Twitter says it is now actively building a team in Ghana “to be more immersed in the rich and vibrant communities that drive the conversations taking place every day across the continent.”

Twitter indicated several roles, from product and engineering to design, marketing, and communications, for job openings in the company. However, individuals will fill these roles remotely as Twitter makes plans to establish an office in the country later.

As shared on TechCrunch

The Africa Career Accelerator Program is also present for young people ages 18-35 in over 40+ African countries. Apply now for the summer and fall 2021 programs.

Cohort Selected for the Ghana 2021 SME Business Masterclass on LinkedIn

The Global Startup Ecosystem, powered by LinkedIn and Turn Left Media are pleased to announce the cohort of leaders from Ghanian companies selected for the SME Business Masterclass on LinkedIn series. These 40 companies represent almost every major industry in Ghana from Logistics to Hospitality and Tech to Education. 

The SME Business Masterclass on LinkedIn is a multi session program designed to help SME companies in Ghana build digital resilience, marketing intelligence and effective business development scaling techniques. The program will include customized Linkedin business development and marketing content training alongside partner organization program sessions on personal branding, and career development strategy for SME founders.

The program is free with no equity ask and accepted companies will also have access to $100k in free credits and perks from AWS, Google Cloud, and IBM Cloud. The program takes place in March 2021. 

Congratulations to the selected cohort: 

  1. Suzzy Ebledzi – V&T Global Limited
  2. Harrison Matti – Eleven15 Restaurant
  3. Sitsofe Addae – ES Corporate Services Limited
  4. Michael Abbiw – MGA Consulting Ghana Limited
  5. Freddie Shava – African Heritage Clothing
  6. Oluwaseyi Akinlolu – Xcrowme
  7. Adelaide Atakora – MarvelWorks Media
  8. Alex Calvin Gbetie – PROFISH GHANA LIMITED
  9. Muhammida El Muhajir – WaxPrint Media
  10. Brown Adjah-Gbetanu – GIG Delps Engineering Ltd
  11. Ilyich Tagoe – DiAgri Investment Enterprise
  12. Kojo Ahiakpa – Research Desk Consulting Ltd
  13. Emmanuel Johnson – Shop Now Africa
  14. Reginald Nsowah – Ticket Miller
  15. Vanessa Gyan – Modern Day Mom
  16. Shadrack Agyiri – Young Geeks Tech Hub
  17. Nana Boatemaa – Abi-feonas house of fashion
  18. Terence Asitibasi – Tolerantia Reach
  19. Gabriel Amuzu – AquaGold Mineral Water
  20. John Mensah – Digital Infra Ghana Limited
  21. Daniel Garibah – Trackhab Ltd
  22. Misbawu Abdallah – EPDL Inc
  23. Nana Kofi Afriyie Sarpong – Pysces Aquaculture
  24. Gideon Awelana Buluse – Giwaland Company Limited
  25. Nii Armah Kwaku Tagoe – Letshego Ghana
  26. Bismark Asamoah Asante – Nasam Brand Enterprise
  27. Ustin Yorm Agortimevor – Lohands Enterprise
  28. Marlon Crentsil – True Vine Processing
  29. Awura Abena Agyeman – WEAR Ghana Ltd
  30. Anthony Wordui – SolarTail Limited
  31. Justice Annan – Teamjaketech
  32. Vivek TK – Jetlink Ghana Limited
  33. Owusu krah Richmond – Crescent moon limited
  34. Emmanuel Marfo – GrassRoots Hub
  35. Pearl Kitcher – Diet Maze
  36. Genera Moore – Motorparts Nation
  37. Faisel Koda – Tiens
  38. Alexandra Antwi-Boasiako – Grow for Me
  39. Jacques Amatcha – Niqao Technologies Ltd
  40. Crescens Agyeman Badu – Projects Afrique

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Announces 3rd Annual “Her Future Summit” To Train Women for Careers of the Future

MEMO: An initiative hosted by the Global Startup Ecosystem in partnership with Grow With Google, SAP Next-Gen, Mothers in Tech, Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Hubspot

[New York, USA] Her Future Summit returns with the 3rd annual series to identify, train, and empower the next generation of female pioneers for jobs of the future. The Her future Summit series was launched in to accelerate humanity’s success with Sustainable Development Goal #5- Gender Equality and has quickly become the fastest growing platform for women in tech. 

This virtual program features 9+ hours of awesome digital keynotes, workshops and networking sessions with the most influential women in government, business and technology. With over 100+ speakers and partners,  this all day summit will support you with strategy information on the following: 

  • Personal Branding 
  • Business development and scaling 
  • Career planning and scaling 
  • and 40+ additional content areas to help you succeed! 

Speakers announced 

  1. United States Ambassador Craig Cloud (Botswana)
  2. United States Ambassador Carmen G. Cantor (Kolonia)
  3. United States Chargé d’Affaires Stuart A. Dwyer (Denmark)
  4. United Kingdom Ambassador Emma Hopkins (Denmark)
  5. United Kingdom Ambassador Tina Redshaw (Cambodia)
  6. Canada Ambassador Annick Goulet (Romania )
  7. Canada Ambassador Grossman Marcy (UAE)
  8. Christine Ntim: Founder and CEO Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE)
  9. Tami Erwin: Executive Vice President and CEO, Verizon Business
  10. Sherlaender “Lani” Phillips:Vice President, US Channel Sales Organization    Microsoft
  11. Elizabeth Liu:    U.S. Department of State: Special Coordinator for the Young African Leaders Initiative
  12. Anne Del Castillo : Commissioner, Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment at City of New York
  13. Dr. Lisa Coleman: Senior VP for Global Inclusion and Strategic Innovation & Chief Diversity Officer at (NYU) New York University
  14. Irene Arias Hofman, CEO IDB Lab (Inter Development Bank
  15. Gina Fratarcangeli: Managing Director, Market Unit Sales Leader at Accenture
  16. Sabrina Tharani: Director of Partnerships Mastercard Start Path
  17. X. Eyee: Product Manager, Responsible AI :robot_face:
  18. Petia Abdur-Razzaaq Digital Marketing Strategist, Google    Google
  19. Ty Heath:    Global Lead, The B2B Institute Linkedin
  20. Tina Eskridge:    Marketing Excellence Lead    Microsoft Advertising
  21. Mina Alaghband: Customer Growth and Strategy Leader, Associate Partner    McKinsey & Company
  22. Einstein Ntim: Partner, Africa Future Fund
  23. Mariam Braimah: Product Designer @ Netflix
  24. Lethepu Matshaba: Vice President    Homecare for Africa at Unilever S.A
  25. Ryan Foland: Auther of Ditch the Act
  26. Busie Matsiko-Andan : CEO    Pont Global
  27. Katya Libin: Co-founder & CEO    Heymama
  28. Carolina Abenante:    Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Privacy Officer, Vice-Chairperson    NYIAX

In 2018 the pilot summit was launched in Port-au Prince Haiti. In 2019 the series expanded to 3 main cities including New York(USA) Sept’, London (UK) Oct’, Accra (Ghana) Dec’. The success of these previous launches led to a scale up initiative with 88 partners for 2020 where Her Future Summit was scheduled to take place in 7 global cities- DC, (USA), Silicon Valley (USA), New York (USA), Accra (Ghana), Port-au-Prince (Haiti), London (UK), and Dubai (UAE) throughout the month of March but due to the COVID19 pandemic it pivoted to the largest virtual event of the season with 100 speakers and 3,800 digital delegates.

The 2021 summit will be a virtual program with 100 speakers and 5000 digital delegates on March 26th. This will be the largest virtual summit for women to date featuring digital stakeholders from over 60+ countries. The summit also serves to teach fundamentals of future technology and the leading social impact applications of Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Nanotechnology, Space, and Blockchain technologies.

This program will serve as a kick off the Her Future Career Accelerator Program- the free digital career training and remote internship program for women in tech. Apply via: Apply via: https://forms.gle/hLLwG76Yx2g2cYAJ6

The Her Future Group Initiative provides the following benefits to female entrepreneurs: 

  1. Network: Annual gatherings at Her Future Summit programs in key cities around the world to network and connect with investors, influencers and peers. 
  2. Training: Annual accelerator program to train and develop the next generation of female business moguls.  By 2030, Her Future Accelerator will accelerate 1 Million female entrepreneurs. 
  3. Community:  Provide an ongoing virtual community of peers, mentors and partners that provide continuous training and resources via monthly webinars, training workshops and access to continuous partner programs.
  4. Resources: All Her Future cohort participants receive access to our partner perks and resources such as cloud credits, marketing support and tech support. Partners include AWS, IBM Cloud, Hubspot, Google Cloud, DigitalOcean etc. 

RSVP is free to all who attend. RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/her-future-summit-global-virtual-2021-tickets-135369992291 

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Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE): is the leading ecosystem platform that supports global development by hosting the world’s first and largest digital accelerator and via its iconic tech summit programs in target countries around the world. With a mission to educate, inspire and prepare startup communities for the digital age, GSE brings together both private and public stakeholders to address humanity’s greatest challenges via tech and entrepreneurship. 

GSE is now the fastest growing tech and business community. GSE’s online network accelerates 1000+ companies a year across 90+ countries in 7 key regions-Africa, Asia, America, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the  Middle East with a focus in frontier tech industries such as Space , Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, and more. GSE’s offline network supports 75,000+ global delegates a year via its iconic tech summits.

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Launches Afro Future Future Career Accelerator To Prepare Black Professionals for a Digital Future

The summit will also serve to kick off the first global Afro Future Accelerator Program- a 4 week program that will take place in 2021.

The 4 week program will cover the following theme areas:

Future People: Let’s start with you, the individual. Personal development training for people of African descent.

Future Places: Let’s start with your environment. During these sessions we go over the powerful histories of black cities from the stories of Egypt to black wall street to the ashanti empire.

Future Possibilities: Let’s start with your ecosystem. Careers of the future will be radically different. These sessions will go over the future industry disruptions that will occur in healthcare, energy, education, finance etc and cover ways to tackle black unemployment and prepare individuals for black careers in the digital workforce of the future.

Future Pioneers: Let’s start with your role models. Who do we highlight as influential leaders, icons and cultural pillars? This will include entrepreneurs, teachers, athletes, tech moguls and more.

Apply now via Afro Future 2021 Application.

Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE) Launches Afro Future Future Summit To Prepare Black Professionals for a Digital Future

ATTN: 1st Annual Afro Future Summit

DATE: February 26, 2020 @ 9am-3pm EST.

LOCATION: Virtual

MEMO: An initiative hosted by the Global Startup Ecosystem in partnership with Microsoft, Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Hubspot, Sendgrid, & More

ATTN: Afro Future Future Summit Announces 1st Annual Program (Digital Edition) To Welcome 5,000 Global Delegates

[New York, USA- [January 11, 2021] Afro Future Summit is pleased to announce the 1st Annual (Digital) program powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem (GSE); scheduled to bring 5,000 Digital Delegates together on February 26, 2020 in partnership with in Partnership with with Microsoft, Google Cloud, AWS, IBM Cloud, Hubspot, Sendgrid, & More.

Afro Future Summit is the world’s most iconic summit curating an active network of black futurists, investors, tech entrepreneurs, celebrities, politicians and business moguls. Each year the program gathers thousands of pioneers from across the USA and around the world to address and tackle challenges that affect the people of african descent.

This year’s program structure is action packed with debate round tables, workshops, interactive demos, partner matching, networking sessions and expert panels. During the course of activities involved in the summit, speakers frontier tech investments, startup development and ecosystem building. The program concludes with a high profile call to action VIP session with summit speakers, sponsors and partners.

Speaker List 

  1. Damon Jones: Chief Communications Officer, Procter & Gamble
  2. Dr Lisa Coleman: Inaugural Senior VP for Global Inclusion and strategic innovation, Chief Diversity officer – New York university
  3. Corey Anthony: Senior Vice President – Chief Diversity and Development Officer, AT&T Services, Inc.
  4. Christine Ntim, Founder of Haiti Tech Foundation/ CMO @ Global Startup Ecosystem
  5. Shu Nyatta: Managing Director-Softbank
  6. Raul Moas: Miami Program Director @ Knight Foundation
  7. Jacqueline Jones:  Head of Strategic Partnerships – Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at LinkedIn
  8. Brianne Garrett: Reporter/Editorial Lead, Forbes Magazine 
  9. Kimberly Hill: Marketing Manager- Amazon
  10. Ty Heath: Global Lead, The B2B Institute – LinkedIn
  11. Michael A. Finney: President and CEO at The Miami-Dade Beacon Council
  12. Vanessa Liu: Vice President- SAP.io
  13. Einstein Ntim- CEO @ Global Startup Ecosystem
  14. Tanarra Schneider: Managing Director- Accenture
  15. Alexandra Kennedy: Director, Global Head of Partnership Strategy and Operations @ Twitter
  16. Brandon Hoffman: Senior Manager, Strategic Partnerships & Investments, Samsung Next Ventures
  17. Petia Abdur-Razzaaq: Digital Marketing Strategist, Google
  18. Sydney Brunson: Culture Lead – Enterprise Commercial, Microsoft
  19. Gregory Johnson: Director, Place based investment and grantmaking- Rockefeller foundation
  20. Angela D. Henderson Racial Equity Director, Ford Motor Company
  21. Leigh-Ann Buchanan: Director of aīre ventures
  22. Althea Harris :U.S Small Business Administration- South Florida District Office
  23. Hollie Haggans: Community Relations and Engagement, DigitalOcean
  24. Iynna Halilou: Global Programs Manager – Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator
  25. Ammin Youssof: cofounder of Afrobytes
  26. Alhaji Allie Bangura: Associate Investor Relations – Finance in Motion
  27. Danielle DeRuiter-Williams: CEO-The Justice Collective
  28. Elkin Alfred: Director of Health Initiatives @ United Way of Broward County
  29. Claire A. Nelson Ph.D: Futurist, Sustainability Engineer & Storyteller
  30. Busie Matsiko-Andan CEO Pont Global

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Everything You Need to Know About Applying for the PPP Loan in 2021

PPP Loan- The Basics, Links and Details! 

Dear Small Business Owner,    $284 billion was just allocated for another round of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a forgivable business loan offered through the federal government’s Small Business Administration (SBA) that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Determine How Much You Can Apply For You can apply for up to $2 million or 2.5 times your monthly payroll, whichever is less – if you are a restaurant or a hotel, you can apply for 3.5 times your monthly payroll up to $2 million. Loans will be forgiven (meaning you do not need to pay them back) if you use them for eligible expenses, including 60% for payroll expenses and 40% for other eligible operating expenses.

Small Business for America’s Future Informational Session: SBAF Co-Chair Anne Zimmerman, a small business CPA, hosted a discussion on the latest round of PPP, walking people through the details of the new program and answer small business owner questions. View recording here. Check out top resources here: 

Prepare Your Documents Each lender may have different requirements, but you can begin collecting some commonly required documents, including:

  • Copy of Photo ID for all owners who own 20% of the business or more
  • 2019 and 2020 Profit and Loss Statements to show revenue loss during 2020
  • 2019 Business Tax Returns
  • For partnerships – include IRS Form 1065 and Schedule K-1
  • For sole proprietors – include IRS Form 1040 Schedule C
  • Articles of Incorporation / Business Organizational Documents
  • Payroll Reports with a list of gross wages, paid time off, and taxes assessed for all employees for all 12 months of 2020  
  • 2020 Employer IRS Documents (including one of the following for all 4 quarters of 2020):
  • Form 941: Employer’s Quarterly Federal Tax Return
  • Form 944: Employer’s Annual Federal Tax Return (for smallest employers) 
  • Form 940: Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return 
  • Form W-3: Transmittal of Wage and Tax Statements 
  • Documentation to support Health Insurance and Retirement expenses incurred as a part of payroll expenses (for example: a statement from insurance or retirement company)

Top Grants For Minority & Black-Owned Startups and Small Businesses In 2021

1) The National Association For The Self-Employed Growth Grants

  • Submission Dates: Growth Grant applications can be submitted year-round. Applications received in January through March will be reviewed in April. Applications received in April through June will be reviewed in July. Applications received in July through September will be reviewed in October. Applications received in October through December will be reviewed in January of the following year.
  • Entry Requirements: Applications are open to members of the NASE that are in good standing. You must also demonstrate a specific need for the grant, provide a detailed explanation of how grant funds will be used, show how the grant will improve business growth and success, and offer up documentation to support your request.
  • Website: https://www.nase.org/become-a-member/member-benefits/business-resources/growth-grants

The National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) is a nonprofit trade association that gives grants and provides educational resources for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Its Growth Grants Program lets small business owners apply for grant financing for a particular small business need.

These grants are worth up to $4,000 each. While you won’t hit the funding mother lode with the NASE, it’s a great resource for minority business owners with a specific, defined funding need. You’ll need to join the NASE to apply for a grant, and you’ll need to explain in detail how you’ll use the funds and how this funding will bolster your business operations. Annual membership costs $120/year, or you can opt for a monthly membership starting at $11.95/month.

2) FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

  • Submission Dates: The submission date for the 2021 contest has yet to be announced. However, the submission period typically opens in February and is open for one month. Interested applicants can sign up for FedEx emails to receive updates.
  • Entry Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years old. All applicants must operate a US-based for-profit small business with 50 or fewer employees and less than $5 million in annual sales revenue. All applicants must also have shipped or plan to ship within the next 12 months as part of their business. Nonprofits, resellers, franchises, and independent consultants are ineligible to apply.
  • Website: https://www.fedex.com/en-us/small-business/grant-contest.html

The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is a nationwide competition held annually to award grants in the form of cash and prizes (such as credits for FedEx services) to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The amount awarded to contest winners and the number of grant recipients varies year-to-year. The 2021 competition details will be unveiled when the next round is announced early in the new year.

In 2020, the top prize was a $50,000 business grant plus $7,500 in FedEx print and business services. Smaller prizes are also available. For the 2020 contest, there were a total of 12 winners of the FedEx Small Business grant.

3) National Black MBA Association Scale-Up Pitch Challenge

  • Submission Dates: The opening date for the 2021 competition has yet to be announced. Once the submission period opens, entrants have until August to submit their pitches.
  • Entry Requirements: Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a US resident. All ideas submitted must be the original work of the applicant. All applicants must disclose any funding previously received. The business founder must be Black or of African descent and have an equal stake in the business. The applicant or at least one team member must be a member of the National Black MBA Association.
  • Website: https://nbmbaa.org/scale-up-pitch-challenge/

Since 2017, the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) has recognized scalable startups through its Scale-Up Pitch Challenge. This competition gives startups a chance to connect with investors and venture capitalists. Additionally, winners may be awarded prizes from $1,000 up to $50,000 for their pitches.

Interested applicants can submit their pitch and a Powerpoint presentation. Select participants will then be invited to pitch their ideas to a team of experts for a shot at winning a cash prize.

4) Sephora Accelerate

  • Submission Dates: Application information, requirements, and deadlines will be posted to the Sephora Accelerate website on October 1, 2021, for the 2022 competition.
  • Entry Requirements: All applicants must be at least 18 years old and own an early-stage brand that’s not yet widely distributed. Applicants should at least have a sample or prototype before applying. Must have a merchandise product brand, such as makeup, skincare, fragrance, hair care, and wellness.
  • Website: https://sephoraaccelerate.com/

The beauty retailer Sephora is giving back to minorities. The company already signed the Fifteen Percent Pledge by committing at least 15% of shelf space to black-owned businesses. Sephora goes a step further to help aspiring entrepreneurs with grants for minorities through the Sephora Accelerate program.

If selected for the program, winners will complete a six-month program that includes two all-expense-paid trips for program events, mentoring, and a hands-on boot camp. Winners will also receive a monetary grant and be eligible for additional funding. Sephora’s goal is to ensure that all products created by winners are launched in Sephora stores at the end of the program.

5) Asian Women Giving Circle Grants

  • Submission Dates: A Request for Proposals is typically released each January. Applications are due in March. Grant winners are selected and funds are distributed in June.
  • Entry Requirements: This grant is available to Asian American women-owned businesses. Per the organization, grants are awarded to “individual artists and community groups that contribute to progressive social and political change.”
  • Website: http://asianwomengivingcircle.org/apply/

The Asian Women Giving Circle has raised and distributed over $1 million in funding to Asian American women-owned businesses. This also includes artists in theater, dancing, and film. Recipients of these grants have contributed to progressive social and political change through documentaries, choreography, visual arts, street festivals, and workshops.

In 2020, the AWGC gave $67,500 in grant funds to 11 recipients, with individual awards ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. The number of recipients and submission dates vary each year, but information about applying for grants is typically released in January.

6) Coalition To Back Black Businesses Fund

  • Submission Dates: The submission period for 2020-2021 is currently closed. However, interest forms are expected to be available again in September 2021 for the next round of rolling grants.
  • Entry Requirements: Applicants must be a Black-owned business in an eligible industry. Eligible businesses must employ between three and 20 people. Businesses must also be located in an economically vulnerable community and have been impacted by the coronavirus.
  • Website: https://webackblackbusinesses.com/

The coronavirus hit small businesses hard in 2020, and the effects are expected to be felt for years to come — especially in economically vulnerable areas. This is why a number of organizations, including American Express, Stanley Black & Decker, and the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, came together to form the Coalition to Back Black Businesses.

This initiative is set to run through 2023 and provides Black business owners impacted by the coronavirus with free business grants for minorities. Grants are valued at $5,000 and will be distributed on a rolling basis to hundreds of eligible small businesses throughout the fall.

7) SoGal Foundation Black Founder Startup Grant

  • Submission Dates: This is a rolling grant program with grants awarded at the end of each month.
  • Entry Requirements: To qualify, applicants must be a Black woman or Black nonbinary entrepreneur. Multiracial black applicants may also apply. All entrants must have a registered business, plan to seek investor financing in the future, and have a scalable business or idea.
  • Website: http://www.iamsogal.com/black-founder-startup-grant/

The SoGal Foundation has teamed up with businesses such as Winky Lux and Bluemercury to launch the Black Founder Startup Grant. This program is designed to provide Black women and Black nonbinary entrepreneurs with grants to start or further their businesses.

This program provides grants of $5,000 and $10,000 to select entrants. Additionally, winners also receive lifetime access to the SoGal Foundation and SoGal Ventures teams. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and awards are given at the end of each month.

8) Rebuild The Block Grants

  • Submission Dates: Funding deadlines are the third Friday of every month.
  • Entry Requirements: Applicants must be a Black-owned small business that was impacted by COVID-19 or looting destruction. Businesses must have been launched on or before January 1, 2020. All applicants must be able to verify the legitimacy of the business and any financial losses incurred.
  • Website: https://www.rebuildtheblock.org/home

Rebuild the Block’s mission is to “rebuild the block through the organic growth of resources by redistributing wealth and knowledge to the Black community.” One of the ways that Rebuild the Block is helping is with its Small Business Relief Fund.

Through this program, Black-owned small businesses affected by coronavirus or looting can receive monetary grants. Up to 15 winners are selected each month. The organization does not specify the monetary value of its grants, but it has given out over 20 grants and has a fundraising goal of $1 million to help Black-owned businesses. Freelancers and creative entrepreneurs are also eligible to apply for this program.

9) NAACP X Bacardi Backing The B.A.R. Acceleration Grants

  • Submission Dates: Currently open; no deadline given.
  • Entry Requirements: Grant submissions are open to Black-owned businesses in the beverage alcohol service, sales, and hospitality industries. Applicants must have a liquor license or be in the process of obtaining one.
  • Website: https://naacp.org/backing-the-bar/

The NAACP has joined forces with Bacardi to offer Backing the B.A.R. Acceleration Grants to eligible business owners. All businesses that receive this grant must be Black-owned and in the beverage service, sales, and hospitality industries. This includes restaurants, bars, nightclubs, lounges, liquor stores, or other small businesses that have or are working to obtain a liquor license.

The ideal recipient, per the NAACP website, should be looking for support to accelerate their business. Under this program, grants of $10,000 will be awarded to winners. Over $350,000 in grants, support, education, and other entrepreneurial resources will be provided through this program.

10) Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grants

  • Submission Dates: Currently open. Application deadline is May 1, 2021
  • Entry Requirements: Submissions are open to for-profit businesses that are at least 51% owned by a Black woman-identifying individual.
  • Website: You’re on it.

You read right. This year we are rolling out our Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grants program, which aims to help the businesses we’ve been advising for years also get some funding. In our inaugural year, we’re offering $10,000 grants to four businesses owned in majority by Black women in recognition of the challenges they face in starting, and particularly financing, a business.

We’re trying to keep the application process simple. If you qualify, jump over to the application page and tell us about yourself and your company (your services, the people you employ, the impact your business has on your community, etc.). We’re not placing too many restrictions on what the money can be used for so long as it’s in the service of your business. There’s only one real catch: we require that you meet speak with one of our writers a minimum of six times to provide updates and images of your business.

Government Grant Resources For Minorities

Grants.gov

Grants.gov doesn’t originate grants; rather, it’s a searchable database of every grant program from across all 26 grant-making agencies of the federal government. It’s a valuable resource, though the website is pretty clunky. There is also a Grants.gov app available on the App Store and Google Play.

To apply for federal grants, you must do the following:

Note that most federal grant money is earmarked for institutions involved in healthcare, scientific research, education, and social services, with most grant funding going to city governments or nonprofits rather than for-profit businesses. However, some federal grant opportunities are geared toward minority business enterprises (MBEs) within those fields and possibly some other fields. As local governments often receive and redistribute federal grant money, you might also be able to find pertinent opportunities for government grants for minorities through the website of your local city government.

USDA Rural Business Development Grant

For minorities in rural areas, this grant, issued by the United States Department of Agriculture, is an attractive prospect. In the words of the USDA:

This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue.

Note that this is not a grant you apply for directly from the federal government; towns, communities, state agencies, and nonprofits can qualify for the grant. Then, these entities distribute those funds as they see fit. Contact your local USDA Rural Development office to find out what’s on offer in your state.

Minority Business Development Agency

An agency of the US Department of Commerce, the purpose of the Minority Business Development Agency, or MBDA, is to help connect minority business owners to federal contracts and other financial resources. The agency also has historically periodically awarded grants to minority-owned companies for specific purposes.

There are MBDA centers in many major cities that can assist you in finding funding. From helping you find grants and loans to providing marketing and legal assistance, the MBDA’s physical business centers are set up to offer a range of services to minority business owners and entrepreneurs. Here’s a searchable directory of these MBDA business centers.

Office Of Minority Health Grant Programs

A division of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Minority Health (OMH) offers grants to businesses whose mission is to eliminate health disparities among racial and ethnic minority populations. Keep an eye on the OMH website to learn about grant opportunities when they are announced.

Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Grant

This grant program is funded by the US Department of Indian Affairs and is intended to support Native American and Alaskan Native business owners. Currently, there isn’t a great deal of information posted on the grants being offered; you can always contact the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development to learn how the program stands to benefit your business.

State Government Grants

As mentioned, federal grant money is usually awarded to local governments and nonprofit entities, which may then redistribute eligible funds to small businesses in their region. Local governments can also use local state and city taxes to fund business grants. So be sure to search for government grants particular to minority-owned businesses in your city and state.

For example, the state of Maryland has not one but several different minority business grants. One such grant is the Small, Minority and Women-Owned Business Account — Video Lottery Terminal Fund (VLT), which uses proceeds from video slot machines to assist small, minority, and women-owned businesses located in targeted areas surrounding six Maryland casinos.

Other Business Grant Resources For Minorities

Are you looking for additional resources? Check out these options — from SCORE’s mentoring service to other funding sources for your small business.

SCORE

One organization that can get you pointed in the right direction in your quest for business funding is SCORE. It’s an SBA partner and provides mentoring services to small business owners and entrepreneurs from over 300 chapters across the country. SCORE also provides online webinars and business courses.

Venture Capital Financing For Minority-Owned Businesses

VC funding is not a grant per se, as the venture capitalists who invest capital in your company (this capital is also called “seed money” or “seed funding”) receive ownership in your company in exchange for their investment. However, VC funding can be a viable source of capital for some businesses, especially tech startups. There is also a growing list of VC groups that specifically invest in minority-owned businesses. And while venture capitalists still give most of their money to white men, there are many more VC funding opportunities for minorities than there are grants for minorities.

Here are just a few VC investors that provide seed money to minority-owned businesses:

  • New Voices: “New Voices provides capital for startups, established businesses, and community-based enterprises led by women of color entrepreneurs.”
  • Kapor Capital: “Kapor Capital invests in tech-driven early-stage companies committed to closing gaps of access, opportunity or outcome for low-income communities and/or communities of color in the United States. We are particularly interested in those that address gaps of disproportionate relevance to African-Americans and Latinx communities.”
  • Access Latina: “Access Latina is a nonprofit accelerator that empowers Latin American women in Puerto Rico, US mainland, and Latin America by providing access capital, knowledge acquisition, and public policy. The program also provides investment resources to women-owned businesses with high-growth potential via a yearly competition in agriculture, social innovation, and STEAM industries. Although Access Latina does not invest directly, it provides capital through grants, loans, crowdfunding round with Kiva Zip, and other accelerators.”

Keep in mind that VCs typically invest in high-growth startups that are already turning a strong profit (e.g., $500K/year). Angel investors — affluent individuals who invest their private money into startups — may invest lesser amounts at an earlier stage of the startup process.

SBA 8(a) Business Certification

While there are a limited number of federal grants for minorities for business needs, it does set aside a certain portion of federal contracts to disadvantaged businesses, including minority-owned businesses. If your business is eligible for federal contracts — for example, you have a construction business or manufacture goods that government agencies purchase — then it’s a good idea to get an 8(a) small disadvantaged business certification, as this status can help you get contracts.

An 8(a) small business is any business where the owner(s) is socially and economically disadvantaged. This includes any minority-owned small business where the owner is also economically disadvantaged; see the specific criteria on the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Business Development Program page.

You can apply for 8(a) status through the certify.SBA.gov website. If you are a woman, you can also apply for Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) status on that same website.

Note that there are various other organizations that offer minority-owned business certifications. Other MBE certifications from reputable organizations may still offer some benefits and could help you qualify for business financing in general. However, you will need certification from the SBA or another government agency (such as the EPA or DOT) to receive preference for federal contracts.

Business Grants For Minorities: Final Thoughts

Entrepreneurial talent can be found in every community across this land. Sadly, social and structural barriers to equality persist. Small business grants are but one means by which minority small business owners can get some ever-elusive funding. For other such means, check out our article on the various types of alternative financing available for small businesses.

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