Funding opportunities, learning and networking resources

Quick blast to let you know about some fast approaching funding, learning and networking opportunities. Any specific questions about grant eligibility or program participation should be directed to contacts listed on the specific websites.


FUNDING - FedEx Small Business Grant Contest

  • Grand Prize is $50,000 - 2nd Place Prize is $30,000 – Ten(10) 3rd Place Prizes of $15,000

  • Entries close March 9, 2021. More information can be found here.


FUNDING FOR NEW CENTER - MBDA Business Center Program

  • Looking to launch a business center? The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is seeking proposals to open and operate an MBDA Business Center to provide technical and business development services to minority business enterprises.

  • The 5-year grant will expand the Agency’s national network. Learn more about the application process, eligible locations, and deadlines here. There is a pre-application conference scheduled March 1 and applications must be submitted by March 17, 2021.


LEARNING – Panel Discussion on COVID-19 and Women and Business

  • In honor of International Women’s Day, TransPerfect (full disclosure- this company is assisting Cornell in the translation of our online program into Spanish) is hosting a panel discussion on how Covid-19 has impacted Women professionally. The free panel – with some AMAZING women - is on March 8, 2021 from 11:00AM–12:00 PM EST.

  • Click here to sign up. When registering, put the name “John Akin” in the field asking “Which TransPerfect representative invited you to this event?*”

  • Panelists include:

  • ​Tarika Barrett, Ph.D. - Incoming CEO - Girls Who Code

  • Barbara Salami - Vice President - Moderna

  • Deepika Batra DiGiovine – Vice President - Dover Corporation

  • Teresa Rodó - Head of Global Healthcare Operations - Merck Group

  • Laura Madden - Vice President - TransPerfect


NETWORKING – SoGal Investor Panel

  • SoGal is an international organization that promotes the next generation of diverse founders and funders and works to close the diversity gap in entrepreneurship and venture capital.

  • The Washington, DC chapter of SoGal is hosting a free Investor Panel next week on Thursday March 4, 2021 from 5-6pm EST.

  • Panelists are from the Washington DC area and NYC. They include investors making investments in B2B software, food businesses, energy companies and real estate.

  • Register here.


NETWORKING – WIN (Women in Negotiation) Free Month of Membership

  • WIN’s mission is to empower women through negotiation. WIN offers year-round workshops, coaching, an annual summit, and an online membership and e-learning community.

  • WIN is offering participants in our Women's Entrepreneurship certificate program a free one-month membership to WIN Woman, an online membership platform that offers ongoing resources and training. Sign-up here with the code CORNELL (no strings attached!).

Grants for Small Businesses funded by Verizon

  • On Monday, February 8th, LISC will launch the grant application that small businesses can use to apply for a $10,000 grant. Grants will be eligible for small businesses across the U.S., particularly in historically underserved communities hit hard by the pandemic. Eligible expenses for the grant include: paying rent and utilities, meeting payroll, paying outstanding debt to vendors, upgrading technology infrastructure, and other immediate operational costs. To subscribe to learn when the grant goes live, click here.

Citi Trends Grant

  • Black entrepreneurs with a confirmed selling history of their products in at least one of the following categories: Apparel, Beauty, Skin Care, Hair Care, Footwear, Home Décor, Bedding, Bath, Technology or Accessories are eligible for this grant. Ten grants of $5000 each will be awarded. (double check and make sure your U.S. state is on their eligible list) Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here.

2021 New Voices + Barefoot #WeStanForHer Grants

  • Grants of $10,000 each to five entrepreneurs will be made to Black women-owned businesses. The grants program also includes complimentary business coaching and mentoring from New Voices Foundation for each grantee company. Applications close on February 28, 2021. For more information, click here.

Merchant Maverick Opportunity Grant

  • This grant is open to for-profit businesses that are majority-owned by a Black woman (cisgender or transgender) or a Black femme-identified individual. The program will award four grants of $10,000 each. Deadline to apply is May 1, 2021. Learn more here.

Emma Johnson Single Mother Grant

  • Every month, Johnson gives out $500 cash to one single mom, no strings attached. The 2021 Kickass Single Mom Stimulus Grant has one goal: Give a hand to single moms struggling with money, health, stress, child care, illness and loneliness. Qualifications are simple:

1. You’re a single mom.

2. You need the money right now. Click here to learn more.

Asian Women Giving Circle Grant

  • These grants will support Asian American women-led organizations and individual artists in NYC who are using arts and culture to: bring about progressive social transformation, raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that affect Asian American women, girls and families, and highlight and promote women’s central role as leaders, creators, developers and managers of these projects. RFP is open to both 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists. 5-8 project grants will be awarded, contingent on available funding. The maximum grant amount is $15,000. Deadline to apply is March 12, 2021. Learn more here.

Looking for Support but Not Necessarily Funding?

  • Here is a list of “21 Accelerators, Incubators, Programs and More for Female Founders”. Lots of great resources on that page!


Courtesy of mycoachministry.com

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