Founding a business is hard. But the AWARE:ACCESS program seeks to make it a little easier, especially for women and underrepresented minorities.
AWARE:ACCESS, or Accelerating Women and Underrepresented Entrepreneurs: Accelerate Entrepreneurial Success, is a pilot program that provides funding, networking, training and other support to entrepreneurs.
The program is funded through a National Science Foundation grant, and is a partnership between UofL, Indiana University and Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Fortune reports that just 2 percent of venture capital went to female startup founders in 2016. According to Bloomberg, a recent study of more than 60,000 startups found just 88 were led by black women — about 4 percent of the 2,200 total women-led tech startups in the U.S.
NSF program director, Dr. Jesus Soriano, said he hopes AWARE:ACCESS “will enable more underserved groups to get entrepreneurship training and achieve their technological and commercial potential, as well as help enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering.”
Who you are
A woman or minority with an entrepreneurial streak and an idea for an innovative new product.
What you get
- Up to $XXX in grant funding;
- Support in commercialization process;
- Coaching to write more competitive grant proposals;
- Help honing your customer relations skills.
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