The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation: Kauffman Inclusion Open Program to Address Diverse Entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

Deadline: 2 May 2017

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Kauffman Inclusion Open, intended for nonprofit and for-profit organizations with uncommon solutions for leveling the playing field for diverse entrepreneurs who have been excluded due to demographic, socio-economic and geographic barriers. Qualified organizations will demonstrate how they would address these types of barriers:

  • Direct barriers, including but not limited to access to training, mentoring and capital, and/or
  • Contributing and social issues that address the root causes of barriers, including but not limited to bias, poverty, declining infrastructure and demographic shifts.

Diversity in this RFP includes gender, race, age, geography, disability, sexual orientation and those who are part of specialized groups, such as veterans and displaced workers.

Program Goals

  • Reduce direct, contributing and social barriers to entrepreneurship for diverse populations and underserved markets
  • Collaborate with leading organizations to continue developing our ability to identify market gaps, intervene to reduce barriers and disseminate lessons learned
  • Build a community of practice focused on leveling the playing field for diverse entrepreneurs
  • Encourage the field of entrepreneurship support to consider interventions beyond the traditional founder education offerings and to use human-centered design to more effectively understand and serve the needs of entrepreneurs
  • Surface uncommon ideas with potential scalable impact that could be considered for larger investments

Eligibility Criteria

  • An organization may qualify if:
    • It has uncommon solutions to leveling the playing field for diverse entrepreneurs
    • It is working to address the underlying causes of these barriers
  • Foundation welcomes applications from everyone who fights for entrepreneurs to help clear the path for diverse makers, doers and dreamers to pursue their ambitions. We must work together to encourage, guide and reinforce entrepreneurs of all colors, genders and economic backgrounds.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit Kauffman Inclusion Open.

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