Frequently Asked Questions

MY PROGRAM ALREADY SERVES WOMEN, ENTREPRENEURS OF COLOR AND OTHER HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED/ UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS. HOW IS THE ST. LOUIS EQUITY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP COLLECTIVE DIFFERENT?


The focus area for impact is explicitly on the ecosystem as a whole, understanding how the work of individual organizations add up to more St. Louis women and entrepreneurs of color creating businesses. We know company founders rarely receive support from only one advisor, mentor or organization; the Collective is focused on the alignment and amplification of individual organizational efforts...AND helping those who personally interact with entrepreneurs to do so in a more equitable way.




WHAT DOES “EARLY-STAGE” MEAN? DOES MY BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION FIT IN THAT FOCUS AREA?


Generally, we are referring to companies in scalable business for less than 3 years. Anyone interested in this specific type of entrepreneurship, or race and gender equity in new business creation is welcome to join the effort.




WHO IS ENGAGED WITH ST. LOUIS EQUITY IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP COLLECTIVE CURRENTLY?


To date, we have had over 400 community members and organizational representatives engaged in the effort. We have formalized our partnership structure and you can find the current list of Sponsors and Partners here. We invite you to be counted (individually and/or as an organization) in this work. You can review a Partnership Agreement here.

The effort benefitted greatly from organizing activities and perspectives of the following organizations:

  • Arch Grants

  • BioSTL

  • Brazen Global

  • CET (Center for Emerging Technologies)

  • Cortex

  • ITEN

  • Missouri Small Business Development Center

  • St. Louis Economic Development Partnership

  • St. Louis Makes

  • St. Louis Regional Chamber

  • T-Rex

  • Venture Café St. Louis




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