Innovate Charlotte, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is focusing on inclusion during Global Entrepreneurship Week by launching a new grant program geared towards underrepresented founders in the local community. Inclusion is one of the four global themes during GEW. The theme is made to challenge communities to think about inclusion as it relates to entrepreneurship and how inclusive policies or initiatives can impact entrepreneurs locally.
The Ignite Grant will provide four underrepresented founders with $5,000 each. Funding for the grant program is provided by Jabian Consulting’s Project Amplify which supports minority and women entrepreneurs. Applications are open through October 25. Finalists will be announced November 1 and the grant will culminate with finalists pitching to a panel of judges on November 11 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Juan Garzon, executive director at Innovate Charlotte and GEW Charlotte Community Organizer, explained that the pitch format gives early-stage companies a chance to network and make connections while also exposing the community to their up-and-coming companies. The combination of making these connections and the impact of the grant funding will allow early, minority-owned businesses to scale.
Learn more about the Ignite Grant and application requirements here.