If you’re like us, you know that there are systemic injustices that limit access to capital and need to be addressed.
ConnectUP! Institute is a social finance innovation and enterprise development studio grounded in economic justice and powering equitable economies that work for all. We know that people invest in people they know, and that we are the sum of our networks. With only 1.2% of BIPOC entrepreneurs receiving venture capital funding, there is an obvious gap in access to money and resources that are essential in growing any business.
We also provide opportunities for collaboration across the ecosystem, hands-on support, action-driven workshops and education, and investor and ecosystem development.
All of ConnectUP!’s work is led by Black women. Our programming prioritizes women of color and is informed by the lived experiences of Black women – but all are welcome. We believe when we work for the most marginalized, we do better for all. This has been our secret to success.
Join us for #GivetotheMaxDay this year as we gear up to provide more funding, programming and resources for the local entrepreneurs that bring life to Minnesota with their unique small businesses.