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FUNDING, NETWORK, AND SUPPORT FOR RISING

MINORITY LEADERS.

We invest in entrepreneurs and their missions to change a nation.

EMPOWERED

LEADERS

Great leaders are emerging in the Greater St. Louis area. We connect them with the support they need to do more.

MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS

We bring leaders and investors together to multiply their impact.

LASTING

CHANGE

With enough capital, the right connections, and a community supporting them - these leaders are changing the Greater St. Louis area for good.

The Greater St. Louis area is facing real challenges.

Economic disparities. Disadvantages in education. Socio-cultural challenges.

Just to name a few.

Minority entrepreneurs in the St. Louis Metropolitan region disproportionately benefit from the city's economic success and face many challenges and barriers when starting their own business. In St. Louis 68% of businesses are owned by non-minorities, who comprise of 48.1% of the city’s total population. Our minority population, which comprises of 45.3% of our total regional population, owns just 32% of local businesses. 

Leaders are rising up.

Despite decades of being an overlooked population, Minority entrepreneurs are showing up, eager to bring light back to their communities and offer hope to their people. They are trailblazers, change agents, history-makers. They see economic inequality and are bold enough to do something about it.

Too often, minority entrepreneurs lack the resources and community they need to bring their missions to life. 

We help entreprenerus do more good.

 First, we find entrepreneurs with incredible potential.

 Then, provide them with funding, network, and support.

And, they become game-changers for their community.

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OUR PARTNERS

Grind + Growth is an agent for economic equality.

We connect investors with those leaders doing good in St. Louis in two ways:

GROWTH BUSINESS FUND

The Growth Business Fund is a philanthropic impact investment fund that invests in St. Louis entrepreneurs and their businesses to help them grow and make a lasting economic impact.

GROWTH ACCELERATOR

The Growth Accelerator is a 10-week program that brings concentrated funding and support along with an invitation to join a like-minded community of entrepreneurs. The intensive effort is designed to help them launch a new business or make an even greater impact where they’re serving already.

 

THIS IS WHAT ST. LOUIS LEADERS ARE SAYING

GWEN C.

I woke up this morning understanding my short-term goals, organization, and purpose. Thank you so much for your program and overall support. 

LEAH P.

I'm excited to be with like-minded entrepreneurs. I'm forever grateful and humbled for us all to work as a team to get to the next level. Today was awesome and informative. I'm overjoyed to learn and see what's in store for the next weeks with Grind + Growth accelerator. 

DAVID W.

So elated to be apart of Grind + Growth accelerator for 10-weeks! This is just week two and I'm already learning a bunch. 

 

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You can help too.

We each have a part to play in bringing change to St. Louis.

When you Develop Leaders, you:

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PROMOTE EDUCATION

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SPREAD HOPE

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FIGHT FOR ECONOMIC EQUALITY

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INCREASE JOB OPPORTUNITIES