Represented is excited to begin accepting applications for social impact incubator, VER. Training the next generation of Black and Brown social entrepreneurs, Represented invites founders of mission-driven organizations to submit their applications by Friday, October 25th. VER is designed to equip early-stage founders of color with the training, tools and network to launch their mission-driven companies.
VER incubator will run in New York City from January through May, 2020.
Applicants can apply as individuals or as a founding team. Applicants with non or for profit organizations are eligible for acceptance, but must be mission-driven. Founding teams with a clear majority of members identifying as a person of color are encouraged to apply. Ideal applicants will be able to demonstrate both lived and professional experience in their fields of focus.
- Access to Represented's network of entrepreneurs and funders
- 10 focused trainings from seasoned civic professionals
- Matched advisors for additional support
- Tools to launch a pilot program
- Coaching on company pitch
- Access to Intimate industry panels + networking events
About the application:
- Applications are due by EOD October 25th
- Represented will notify applicants of final decisions by November 15th.
- Accepted applicants pay a $395 registration fee by December 6th to reserve their position
- Details for the 1st session will be shared before December 15th
- Scholarship information available upon request
More about VER:
Understanding the myriad of obstacles that exist for minority founders, VER (Vision. Execution. Results) is designed to make it easier for them to successfully enter and work in the civic field as leaders. Meeting twice monthly, teams receive direct coaching from marketing, operations and fundraising professionals from companies like EL Education, Girls Who Code, Uncommon Charter Schools and Bloomberg Philanthropy
Program Sessions Include:
Mission + Vision – Solutions-centered organizational development
Programming Structure –Value-based company activities
Development – Board Engagement + early fundraising
Marketing & Communications –Leveraging community support
Technology – Tools to advance operations
Former program graduates have focused on topic areas including anti-recidivism, medical deserts , and social services for trans women of color. Graduates launched pilot programs in 2018 and have gone even on to secure new clients, charitable grants and open new doors for their organizations.