Fearless Foundation and Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator Award $1 Million Dollars for their Black Women Entrepreneurs Grant Program
The program offered seventy-five Black women-owned, product-based businesses with monetary grants, enrollment into Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator (BBA), and a Professional Selling Account in Amazon’s store.
(Black PR Wire)
ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Fearless Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Fearless Fund, the first venture capital fund built by women of color, for women of color, has partnered with Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator for a multi-phase grant program that will bolster Black women-owned, consumer product-based business. Through this unique cohort, Black women-owned businesses are receiving grants in amounts between $10,000 – $20,000, in addition to enrollment in Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator, which is dedicated to providing growth opportunities for Black-owned product-based businesses selling in Amazon’s store. This marks a significant opportunity for greater representation in retail as only 6 percent of US retail businesses have a Black owner, despite Black Americans representing 14 percent of the US adult population as of data from 2020 (Hello Alice). “We are excited to enroll business grant recipients in Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator, giving each brand access to an unparalleled network of mentors that will allow them to reach their professional goals,” says Arian Simone, Co-Founder and General Partner of Fearless Fund. “Mission-driven partnerships are critical to stimulating economic growth. We are excited to partner with the Fearless Fund to support 75 incredible Black women entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams. By participating in Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator, founders will access a suite of resources, including
financial assistance, business education and coaching, and marketing support. BBA supports the success of Black-owned businesses by providing a place for their businesses, to start, scale, and create a community to encourage and inspire them along the journey. We believe, when we knock down barriers for Black-owned businesses, through those learnings, we unlock the door for all small businesses to thrive. We stand firm in our vision to target systemic barriers and leverage our entire community to create sustainable pathways to equity that build generational wealth for not only Black-owned businesses and Black women-owned businesses, but all underserved businesses,” says Danyel Surrency Jones, Director, and Head of Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator. Grant Recipients: Kimberly Shamsiddin, Al Shams Abayas Roshonda Coleman, Anointed Hands Salon & Products Brittny Phillips, Articulate Hands Ife Obi, Back To You by The Fit In Sophia Danner-Okotie, Besida Kimba Williams, KUSHAE Kelli Palmer, Breedlove Beauty Co. Myriam Simpierre, Buy Better Foods Corporation Dana Harris, Coffee Treasures In A Box Felicia Jackson, CPRWrap, Inc. Karen Flowers, Curl House Iyonna Woods, Fancy Free Hair & Skin Melissa Samuel, Finesseyourclaws LLC Gineen Cargo, Gavin Christianson Bridal Kristen Dunning, Gently Soap Melaina Glanton, Goddess Beauty Skincare Keicha Danzie, Good Boy Goodies Colette Glover-Hannah, Hannah’s Shoebox, LLC Ashley Milligan Nesbit, Healthy Muhf#@kin Hair Hope Webb, Imani Girl Boutique LLC Tyler Clark, Inspire by Tyler Nikia Londy, Intriguing Hair Krystle McKay, K.Lorayne Apparel
Abena Slowe, Karité LLC Keya Martin, Keeyahri Keva Johnson, Keva J Swimwear Kimo Bentley, Kimo Bentley MedSpa Mia Campbell, KING ME Custom Jewelry Sherrie Wilson, Krowned Arah Sims, Kyutee Beauty Kimberley Napoleon, Loc’d n Naturally Ariane Turner, Look Good Live Well Sierra Breckenridge, Mama Sisi LLC Megan Smith, Megan Renee LLC Krystal Duhaney, Milky Mama Onaedo Achebe, Minti Oral Care Wendy Ann George, Mosheen Spice Naturals Jennifer Peets, Naked Bar Soap Co. Chrissy Cabrera, Naturally London Rasheedah Loharsingh, Naturals Republic Inc. Nikita Johnson, Nikita’s Beauty Bar Taylor Long, Nomads Swimwear LLC Olatomide “Tomide” Awe, Olori Nadine Joseph, Peak and Valley Rachel James, Pear Nova Twana Moore, Personally She Piper Barley, Posh Hair District Taylor Freeman, Pynk Matrixx Onikeh Brown-Wilson, Satin Pavement Cynthia “Cindy” Tawiah, Shades Of U Shika Myrickes, Shika and Company Extensions Jasmine “Symoné” Gates, Sincerely, Bädé Skye Loy, SkyeLight Tenita Strand, Status Co. Leather Studio Tamekia Geer, TamGee Artistry Studio
Erika Collins, The Hanan Project Jade Akinrolabu, The Lazy Hat Erika Massaquoi, THE OULA COMPANY Kamilah Campbell, The Pink Locket Ashli Goudelock, The Tsuri Company Markea Dickinson-Frasier, Thermaband Valerie Blaise, VAVVOUNE Jasmine Lewis, Vie Beauty Leah Hernandez, Young Authors Publishing Donnya Negera, YUUMA About Fearless Foundation Fearless Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Fearless Fund and a 501(c)(3) organization; with a mission to advance the progression for people of color by reducing racial inequities and providing access to capital. Through strategic partnerships, grant programs, educational programs, and college scholarships, the Fearless Foundation creates opportunities to encourage and aid those who are in need of equitable and sustainable support. We are dedicated to the advancement of those in need by supporting other foundations, organizations, and missions that align with this important work. https://www.fearless.fund/foundation-2 About Amazon’s Black Business Accelerator In 2021, Amazon committed $150M over four years to launch the Black Business Accelerator designed to help build sustainable growth for Black-owned selling businesses by providing access to capital, business guidance, mentorship, and marketing support. Developed with guidance from Black selling partners, mentors, and advisors, the BBA can help grow Black-owned businesses by providing access to a suite of benefits and tailored resources to meet their unique needs and help Black business owners succeed as sellers in Amazon’s store. To learn more about BBA, visit amazon.com/bba. Source: Fearless Fund