Aug 2016. A group of 12 STL ESOs submit a proposal for a first-of-its-kind regional collaborative around race and gender equity in entrepreneurship to Kauffman.
Nov 2017. The St. Louis Equity in Entrepreneurship Summit kicks off the work of the Collective-150 attendees brainstorm solutions for 4 Action Teams to work on.
Summer 2018. Free trainings on race, gender and the intersections with entrepreneurship offered.
Members of the Collective are work on building pilot solutions.
Q1 2019. Community gathering to review actions to date, release evaluation, and launch plans for next phase of the Collective.
December 2016. Kauffman grants BioSTL $420K to serve as backbone for Collective. One of 13 awards from 376 applications.
Jan-May 2018. Four Action Teams meet to work through Summit feedback and identify 8 proposed pilot solutions.
Fall 2018. Closed-door investor summit to raise awareness on the gaps in venture funding across identities.
Who We Are
Current signed partners
Collective Members are dedicated to collaboration, co-creation and transparency. Learn more below about organizations that have signed partnership agreements with the Collective to date as Co-Creators and Activators. This list is constantly expanding!
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