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

     

TIMELINE:
Scholarships For Session 3 have closed. Session 1 of 2019 Scholarship Apps will open in October!


2018 DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SESSION 2 SCHOLAR WINNERS:

  Tori Samples  Student Ambassador Scholar

Tori Samples
Student Ambassador Scholar

  Raymond Arceneaux  Minority Founder

Raymond Arceneaux
Minority Founder

  Julie Pinkerton  Female Founder

Julie Pinkerton
Female Founder

 
  Lauren Sikes  Social Impact Scholar

Lauren Sikes
Social Impact Scholar

  Jennifer Douglas  Minority Founder

Jennifer Douglas
Minority 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