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 and Washington, the Small Certified Supplier Innovative Finance Program is designed to engage diverse 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.

Take Advantage of Program Benefits

Timeline and Important Dates

We encourage all eligible certified suppliers to apply for the Small Certified Supplier Innovative Finance Program. Application period closes November 15, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges to select small businesses to join the program and begin the fund readiness assessment.

Selected certified suppliers will gain access to on-demand fund readiness curriculum.

Eligible small certified suppliers accepted into the program will be matched up with potential capital providers which could include Venture Capital, Alternative Financing, Impact Lenders, CDFIs and Banks to discuss their business funding needs. 

At the end of the program, a panel of judges will select small certified supplier grant recipients from each eligible state. 

Grant finalists from each eligible state will receive grant disbursements totaling $200,000.

Get Started with Your Application

Short Form - Certified Supplier Program Application - Formstack
Are you a business founder, business owner, or CEO?*

If your completing this application on behalf of a business founder, business owner, or CEO, please provide your contact information as the "Form Submitter" and complete the application with business founder or business owner information.

Name (Founder, Owner, or CEO)*
Please input the business email address for the business founder, owner or CEO.
Business Address*
Are you interested in connecting with capital providers based on your business and business needs?*
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Grant Interest
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