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


2019 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:

  • Women Founder
    Awarded to founders who identify as women

  • Veteran Entrepreneur
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who has served in the military

  • Founder of color
    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
    *previously called “minority founder”

  • Student Ambassador
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who is currently enrolled in post-secondary education

  • LGBTQIA+ Founder (In partnership with the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce):
    Awarded to an entrepreneur who identifies as LGBTQIA+

  • Foreign-Born Founder
    Awarded to founders born outside of the United States. Particularly founders who represent some of Nashville’s larger immigrant populations, including people who have emigrated from: Mexico, Central America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

TIMELINE:
Scholarships for Session 3 are now closed. Want to stay in the loop for future scholarship opportunities? Sign up for updates below.


2019 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SESSION 2 SCHOLAR WINNERS:

Claire Bidigaire-Curtis  Student Scholar

Claire Bidigaire-Curtis
Student Scholar

Donel King  Veteran Scholar

Donel King
Veteran Scholar

Dr. Jane Grant  Female Founder

Dr. Jane Grant
Female Founder

Deondra Moore  LGBTQIA+ Scholar

Deondra Moore
LGBTQIA+ Scholar

Chandria Harris  Female Scholar

Chandria Harris
Female Scholar

Leia Avery  Scholar of Color

Leia Avery
Scholar of Color

View all previous diversity scholarship recipients here.


Want to be notified about upcoming scholarship opportunities? Fill the form below and you will be sent updates!
For any questions, please contact: brynn.plummer@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