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.
Applications are being accepted now for the program, with priority consideration given to Black and Hispanic applicants, ages 16+ from the University/Uptown Tampa area. Around 8-12 applicants will be accepted into our first cohort, which starts in July.
Cost is $40, and the program will kick 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 wifi access are provided at AMRoC for participants who may lack access to either or both.
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