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Spark 2021 - BIPOC Business Cohort

Published Friday, November 13, 2020

Application open until December 11, 2020.

Connect with Black, Indigenous, and POC business owners. Build a network of peers and mentors. Level up your skills to start or grow your business. 

Spark 2021 is a year-long program starting in January 2021 for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) business owners to level up their skills and build a network of trusted peers and mentors. The commitment includes monthly cohort and mentor meetings which may be virtual or in-person (TBD).

By becoming a part of the cohort, members will get access to:
- a year of MatchBOX membership
- access to a business development course
- special workshops/events
- one-to-one mentorship with a BIPOC entrepreneur
- micro-grants to help you get to the next level


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Conéctese con propietarios de negocios afroamericanos, indígenas y POC. Construye una red de compañeros y mentores. Mejore sus habilidades para iniciar o hacer crecer su negocio.

También compartiremos más sobre el programa de becas 2021 que incluye:
- Un año de membresía de MatchBOX
- Acceso al principal curso de desarrollo empresarial de MatchBOX
- Eventos y talleres para ayudarlo a comenzar y hacer crecer su idea de negocio
- Mentoría 1:1 con un emprendedor BIPOC
- Acceso a micro-subvenciones para ayudarlo a pasar al siguiente nivel

For questions, contact Juliana at juliana@matchboxstudio.org or text at 765-748-6225.

MatchBOX is a non-profit coworking studio in downtown Lafayette dedicated to helping community members grow their businesses and build connections.

Fellow members:

Revisioning the concept of traditional work environments and moving to a collaborative space has been an amazing opportunity for our organization to remain engaged with our constituents and expand our connections in the community.

—Kitty Campbell

"MatchBOX is helping my company (One Fact) survive and prosper. The affordable space is only the start. It is the connection with the other co-coworkers that is proving helpful. MatchBOX gets a share of credit for any success One Fact sees in 2017!”

—Cortland Starrett

MatchBOX is where I met some of my newest best friends, Amanda, Emily, Matt, Ed, and sometimes Ryan. It's conveniently located near Kathy's candies and a bunch of places to get drinks during lunch. Could use a couple more Pokestops though.

<3 Austin Toombs

MatchBOX has provided an incredible opportunity for getting my work done, collaborating with others (at least 4 projects so far), hosting meetings for organizations I'm part of, and meeting other independent contractors in the area. The feel and ambience of the place just adds to the fabulous workplace -- not to mention the coffee and snacks! I have friends around the country who are jealous of our MatchBox space.

—Johanna Merritt Wu

My Enactus Purdue team got a tour of this studio recently. The environment is outstandingly innovative! Everyone there is incredibly friendly and hospitable and passionate about what they are doing. What a great place to see opportunity in the city of Lafayette!

—Acaimie Catron (from Facebook)

There is such a positive, creative vibe to this space. I participated in Lafayette Writers' Studio events and classes at MatchBOX fall, 2016. It is easy to access, convenient to downtown Lafayette and parking is not difficult in its area of town.

—Sandra B. (from Yelp)