Ilab Startup Foundation stands with #BlackLivesMatter, It is with deep sadness that we reflect upon the tragic death of George Floyd and countless others who have been the victims of police brutality, social injustice, and racism. Ilab Startup was founded to help diverse, underserved communities access resources, advice and support services to pursue their business dreams. Organizations such as ours are here to do our part and we support diverse entrepreneurs in their efforts to live their dream or very simply address a gap in our community. We stand with our community and it is our responsibility to be part of the solution. We are also proud to work in an entrepreneurial ecosystem with so many amazing organizations that serve our communities.
In part, we can start by making a conscious decision to support black-owned businesses and enterprises and the organizations working to uplift and empower communities. Below is an initial list of resources to help you start:
Find Black-Owned Businesses:
For a list of Black owned food brands you can support now, click here.
Food52 provides a spotlight on resources and organizations working towards eradicating racism through food, media, education and literature.
Order from one of these independently-owned Black bookstores across the country.
CNN has a list of some creative ways you can support Black owned businesses beyond just buying their products.
The James Beard Foundation has compiled a list of Black owned restaurants and businesses by city.
At its core, the spirit of entrepreneurship compels us to innovate and spark change. Every day we see founders creating pathways to their dreams and positive change in their communities. However, vulnerable communities experience a disproportionate lack of access to the key tools for starting a business, especially regarding funding and opportunity. Now more than ever, we have a collective responsibility to support our communities of color in building a more equitable society.
Ilab Startup was founded to help diverse, underserved communities access resources, advice, and support services to pursue their business dreams. Organizations such as ours are here to do our part and we support diverse entrepreneurs in their efforts to live their dream or by very simply addressing a gap in the entrepreneurship landscape. When we all work together, we all win. We ask you to support iLabStartup and work together to support the underserved, yet equally worthy, entrepreneurs in our communities. Please consider a donation today. You can also becoming a resource or programming partner.