- Build upon the initial $75,000 in funding we have received over the past 2 months to create an evergreen grant fund through direct donations, employee matching programs, and proceeds from the expansion of the Built Gear line of products.
- Focus grants specifically on Black owned businesses initially, and as the grant fund grows, BIPOC led companies in general. Each grant awarded will be tied to the Built Oregon mentor network and accelerator program in order to create long term business, knowledge, emotional, and mental support for the companies we engage.
- Focus each grant around specific business needs and targeted outcomes so that we can effectively engage, measure, and manage those outcomes as a path to potential follow on grant funding.
- Partner with brands, companies, and foundations headquartered in Oregon to donate directly to the fund, and encourage them to promote the program through their employee giving platforms. In addition, look to connect their employees and management to mentorship opportunities, develop pathways to get BIPOC companies into campus food and beverage systems, and increase personal connections via quarterly on-campus pop up events.
- Develop the Color of Entrepreneurship podcast series which will pay BIPOC hosts to have conversations with BIPOC founders, community leaders, and program leads.
- Work with partner organizations to create virtual mentorship and retail connection opportunities in order to provide additional support. We know that broad impact will require cross organization collaboration.