Equity in Entrepreneurship

Read more about the program and see our full list of mentors here.

See the program schedule here.

Check out our Equity in Entrepreneurship online resources on our Resource page.

The Equity in Entrepreneurship Start Up Studio program, is a collaborative project of Grow to Greatness Ventures and AMRoC Fab Lab, in partnership with the Hillsborough County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and local area business leaders.

The goal of the project is to help bridge the race and gender equity gap in early stage entrepreneurship access in the Tampa Bay startup ecosystem .

Participants will learn how to take an idea and build it into a business model, how to pivot a small business that’s experiencing stagnant growth or who are stuck on what to do next.  The 16 week session features a different Entrepreneur-in-Residence each week from local and minority owned businesses, sharing real world experiences and expertise.

Students bank seed funding for their business as they progress through the program, which culminates in a pitch session and the award of funding up to $5000.

Our first cohort is now full!  However, registration for this program is ongoing, with those registered after July 15,2020 on the list for our 2nd session, starting late winter or early spring 2021.  Priority consideration given to Black and Hispanic applicants, ages 16+ from the University/Uptown Tampa area.

The program kicks off with a 4 week, 8 session SBDC Idea Camp experience. The majority of group coursework will be online, with generous opportunities for individual in-person mentoring and support.  Computers and wi-fi access are provided at AMRoC for participants who may lack access to either or both.

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Help our EE Students with an Assignment!

Our Equity in  Entrepreneurship students had to create surveys for an SBDC Idea Camp assignment.  Please check out the survey descriptions and links below and share your feedback, where relevant,  to help them create their business plans.  Thank you!

  • Understanding professional collaborations: This survey seeks to learn more about how yoga teachers, energy workers, psychologists, and life coaches collaborate on events, small and large, in person and online.  Take Survey Here.
  • Yoga Outdoors: This survey seeks to evaluate how people feel about practicing yoga in an outdoor environment like a city park. People can envision any indoor group fitness class instead of yoga to complete the survey and provide useful information for the student.  Take Survey Here.


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