Oct 6, 2022 - Economy

New $100M private-public initiative targets entrepreneurs of color

A mural at Mujeres Brew House in San Diego sits next to a flight of craft beer.

The Latina-owned Mujeres Brew House in San Diego. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

A new initiative that mixes federal funding with private donations is seeking to help entrepreneurs of color start businesses.

The big picture: Less than 1% of funds from the top 25 venture capital and private equity firms wind up in the hands of Latino-owned businesses. The project is one of several launched in recent months to tackle this inequality.

  • Latino entrepreneurs are responsible for about 50% of net new small business growth in the U.S. over the past decade, according to a study by Bain & Company.
  • Those Latino-owned businesses are growing in annual revenue faster than white-owned businesses, the study found.

Driving the news: The Fund for Inclusive Entrepreneurship on Tuesday announced the $100 million initiative to expand access to capital for small businesses owned by people of color across the U.S. 

  • The announcement came as the Biden Administration unveiled additional new actions to deliver capital and resources to underserved small businesses.

Details: The fund, spearheaded by Hyphen, a nonprofit that promotes racial equity, with support from J.P. Morgan Chase and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to combine philanthropic funding with money from the American Rescue Plan.

Go deeper