DIVERSITY & INCLUSION INITIATIVE 

At the EC, we know the most successful and effective team is a diverse team. Establishing an inclusive environment where people from all backgrounds and experiences have an opportunity to create, launch and grow a business is what we continually strive for. We believe collaboration is the most effective way to have a meaningful impact on establishing and building an inclusive culture. To see meaningful results, this effort will take participation and engagement from local non-profits, corporations, higher-education institutions, community leaders and investors.


thank you to our diversity and inclusion initiative sponsor: 

 
 

View our 2016 impact here


2018 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SCHOLARSHIPS

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
Scholarship winners will receive one year CoWork Membership to the EC as well as tuition to the 14-week PreFlight Program which runs 3 times per year. 

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED:

  • Female Founder
    Awarded to a female entrepreneur OR Awarded to an entrepreneur who identifies with as female
     
  • Veteran Entrepreneur
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who has served in the military
     
  • Social Impact
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who's business idea addresses a basic unmet need or solves a social problem through a market-driven approach
     
  • Minority Founder
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who is a member of one of the following minority groups: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or LatinX, Pacific Islander
     
  • Student Ambassador
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who is currently enrolled in post-secondary education

TIMELINE:
Scholarships For Session 2 of 2018 will be open until midnight on Thursday, May 3.  


2018 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SESSION 1 SCHOLAR WINNERS:

Chris Thames Veteran Entrepreneur

Chris Thames
Veteran Entrepreneur

Jessie Rosenblum Female Founder

Jessie Rosenblum
Female Founder

Ahmad Murrah Minority Founder

Ahmad Murrah
Minority Founder

 
Brandie Jones Student Ambassador

Brandie Jones
Student Ambassador

Jessica Whalen Social Impact Scholar

Jessica Whalen
Social Impact Scholar

 

View all previous diversity scholarship recipients here.

Want to be notified about upcoming scholarship opportunities? Click below and you will be sent updates!
For any questions, please contact: diversity@ec.co


INITATIVE ADVISORY BOARD:

 
AYUMI BENNETT Founder, Startup Southerner

AYUMI BENNETT
Founder, Startup Southerner

COKO EASON Founder, Milk

COKO EASON
Founder, Milk

LESHAHNE GREENHILL Co-Founder and CEO, Sagents

LESHAHNE GREENHILL
Co-Founder and CEO, Sagents

JOSE GONZALEZ Co-Founder, Conexion Americas

JOSE GONZALEZ
Co-Founder, Conexion Americas

ELLIOTT HOLT Founder and CEO,  Medi-Copy Servies Inc.

ELLIOTT HOLT
Founder and CEO,  Medi-Copy Servies Inc.

 
 
LISA HOWE Executive Director, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

LISA HOWE
Executive Director, Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce

JANA PARHAM Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Americas, UBS

JANA PARHAM
Senior Vice President, Wealth Management Americas, UBS

JASON MOORE Founder and CEO, Stratasan

JASON MOORE
Founder and CEO, Stratasan

DANIEL OPPONG Talent Director @ Briovation + Founder & Director @ OhanaHealth

DANIEL OPPONG
Talent Director @ Briovation + Founder & Director @ OhanaHealth