Pittsburgh, PA: Idea Foundry has selected and enrolled 5 participants in its inaugural Equitable Entrepreneurship program cohort, representing three African-American and two Immigrant entrepreneurs. Idea Foundry launched their new Equitable Entrepreneurship program in March 2018, funded in part by a grant awarded by Google.org’s Impact Challenge Pittsburgh, to support entrepreneurs and small business owners that are often under-served in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Just as the entrepreneurs in this cohort are diverse, so too are their businesses, from a financial literacy program to a solution to local office supply needs.
“This program is designed to give entrepreneurs the support they need to get started, so that they can grow their businesses, create jobs, and shape our community,” said Anna Cala, Business Operations Manager, who oversees the execution of the Equitable Entrepreneurship program. Aldrea Reese-Brown, an EE participant looking to start a financial literacy business, has given voice to the EE program’s objective of empowering entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into a viable business, saying “I leave our meetings encouraged that my ideas can really take life!”