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WBENC Cummins Grant

Calling All Black Student Female Founders!

WBENC & Cummins are providing up to $6k grants to student entrepreneurs and recent grads

Grant Applications Open on October 7, 2020

Attend the Kickoff Informational Session to Learn How to Apply

Black women are starting businesses faster than any other segment – in 2019, 1,625 new businesses were started by women of color every single day.  Despite this, these businesses often experience greater difficulties in securing access to capital and receiving funding to grow their businesses.

WBENC and Cummins are working to address this disparity with the new WBENC Cummins Grant for Black Student Female Founders, a funding initiative to support emerging Black female entrepreneurs with innovative companies focused on sustainability.

The grant program will provide $2,000 to $6,000 funding awards to Black female entrepreneurs in STEM currently enrolled in college or university, or recently graduated.

Applications open on October 7 at 5 PM EST.
 

Don't miss our informational kickoff webinar on October 7 at 4 PM EST to learn how to apply and what to include in your grant application. Register here.

 

The Details

Who Should Apply

  • Black female entrepreneurs
  • Collegiate level; undergrad, graduate or doctorate; or recent graduate (within the last 6 months)
  • Preference will be given to:
    • Businesses in STEM fields
    • Businesses that address a sustainable future
    • A demonstrated need for funds

How it Works

  • Attend an Informational Webinar on Thursday, October 7 from 4-5 PM EST, to learn more from WBENC and Cummins on how to apply and what to include in your grant application
  • The grant application period will be open Thursday, October 7 at 5 PM through Friday, October 23 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • WBENC and Cummins will review all grant applications and determine awards based on specific scoring criteria and demonstrated need.
  • Grant awardees will be announced on November 12, 2020.
  • WBENC and Cummins will host a special webinar event to announce the grant awardees.