The Kauffman Foundation grants funding to 7 entrepreneurial organizations, including 1 in Iowa
The Kauffman Foundation has selected 7 organizations to receive funding through its RFP on central standards.
The 2021 Central Standards Request for Proposals provides matching funds to encourage and accelerate collaborations between two or more entrepreneurship support organizations working together to support Heartland entrepreneurs in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
An Iowa-based organization, the University of Iowa MIT Venture Mentoring Services (VMS), received funding. VMS, an entrepreneurial mentoring program developed at MIT, partners with universities in the United States and abroad to support local entrepreneurs, including the University of Iowa.
Here are the seven organizations whose projects will be funded in the first cycle of Central Standards this summer:
- Celebrate EDU, ESU-13 | Supported the establishment of entrepreneurship education programs, in partnership with local ESU-13, to support entrepreneurs with disabilities in western Nebraska.
- Employee shareholding expansion network, Missouri Center for Employee Ownership | Support for the launch of the Missouri Center for Employee Ownership to provide training to current business owners and potential entrepreneurs on employee ownership structures and concepts.
- Missouri Main Street Connection, Inc., Saint-Louis Development Corporation | Support the development and launch of the UrbanMain Entrepreneurship Support Program to provide education to entrepreneurs operating in low to moderate income neighborhoods in St. Louis, MO.
- Nebraska Community Foundation, Valley County Community Foundation Fund | Supported the creation of a cohort of twenty rural Nebraska communities to deliver personalized entrepreneurship education programs and best practices in peer entrepreneurship support.
- Prospect Urban Eatery (Community capital fund), Catalyst kitchens | Supported the launch of Prospect Urban Eatery, a kitchen incubator providing entrepreneurship training and prototyping support to low-income food industry entrepreneurs in Kansas City, MO.
- University of Iowa, MIT Venture Mentoring Services | Supported the establishment of a statewide mentoring program for entrepreneurs operating in Iowa. The mentoring program will empower the Venture Mentoring Services model developed by MIT and previously tested in Kansas City.
- WEPOWER STL, Kiva | Support for the creation of a Kiva hub in St. Louis, MO to provide options to access micro-loan capital to entrepreneurs in communities in the region who have been systematically left behind.