Diverse group of entrepreneurs

Join the Small Certified Supplier Innovative Finance Program

Building an intentional path for certified suppliers to increase their capacity, gain awareness of innovative funding options, and access to capital.

Program Benefits

Funding Readiness

Determine the funding readiness of your business and gain access to on-demand self-guided program

Funder Matchmaking

Access a wide-range of capital funders through our funder matchmaking sessions based on your business needs

$200,000 Grant Fund

Certified suppliers from eligible states will receive a $5,000 grant, totaling $200,000 in growth capital

Program Eligibility Requirements

Our Mission and Purpose

As part of our mission to support diverse-led certified suppliers with access to capital, resources and connections, Founders First Capital Partners has joined the Initiative for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (IIE). Targeted to small certified suppliers in California, Georgia, Kansas, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, the Small Certified Supplier Innovative Finance Program is designed to engage certified suppliers in educational funding readiness training and funder matching to support capacity building.


A total of 1,200 small certified suppliers will be selected from the pool of applications by a panel of judges to join the Small Certified Supplier Innovative Finance Program.

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