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 1 of 2019 will be open until January 4!


2018 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SESSION 3 SCHOLAR WINNERS:

  Alandryia Jones  Minority Founder

Alandryia Jones
Minority Founder

  Andrea Pascasio  Student Ambassador Scholar

Andrea Pascasio
Student Ambassador Scholar

  Lennie Patterson  LGBT Founder

Lennie Patterson
LGBT Founder

 
  Lisa Sundahl Platt  Female Founder

Lisa Sundahl Platt
Female Founder

  Richard Siebert  Veteran Founder

Richard Siebert
Veteran Founder

 

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