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Pepper $5k Startup Grant for Black Women

Why Black women?

Less than 3% of venture capital funds go toward women, and only 0.3% of that goes to Black women. Pepper created the Startup Grant in 2020 to help close the gap in economic opportunities for women of color founders — specifically Black women.

Pepper’s Startup Grant Program

One recipient will receive a no strings attached $5k financial grant and the following benefits:

● Mentorship calls with the Pepper founders

● Dedicated promotion on Pepper’s social media

● Access to consultations with experts in legal, fundraising, finance, marketing, and more to address your specific needs

Eligibility Requirements

● Have a business in any industry

● At least 50% of the business must be owned, controlled, or operated and managed by Black, or African-American, female or non-binary identifying owner(s) ● At least 18 years old

● U.S. resident, and your business must have a U.S. legal entity

● Early stage business with less than $500K in external equity funding raised Additional Information

Applications are open from July 25 - August 26

Pepper will announce five semi-finalists by October 7

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