Equity in Entrepreneurship

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The Equity in Entrepreneurship program, or EquinEnt, aims to help bridge the race and gender equity gap in early stage entrepreneurship to help create more inclusive pathways to the Tampa Bay startup ecosystem . 

Hosted at the nonprofit Foundation for Community Driven Innovation‘s AMRoC Fab Lab at University Mall (soon to be RITHM at Uptown), Equinent participants have access to a dedicated community of mentors with expertise across a wide range of business fields, as well as rapid prototyping and fabrication resources and tools at AMRoC.

Check out these great news stories about Equinent and visit the Pathway page to learn more about the different early stage entrepreneurship programs we offer.

Click the image below for a quick overview of Equinent, and to see what past participants have said about the program.

Training & Coaching Services For Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

By cultivating early stage entrepreneurship and elevating the prospects of our community, individuals are afforded new opportunities to improve their life, and that of their families and friends!

Fully committed Equity in Entrepreneurship participants receive:

  • Up to 100% EquinEnt tuition reimbursement based in class attendance and participation!

  • Training and development workshops

  • Exclusive Program Perks

  • Up to $1000 seed funding for your business

  • Marketing & Creative Support

  • Basics of Business Financial Accounting

  • Business Bank Account Setup Support

  • Prototyping Assistance
  • 1 Million Cups tips & practice


This program brought so much clarity to me! It really helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my businesses and I had mentors around me who would help me take those steps!”

Joelle Hinds

CEO, Slay All Day Nails

“I am very grateful to FCDI and Grow to Greatness Ventures for this awesome opportunity to grow my business that was tanking fast! They provided networking support, seed money, professionalism and so much more that helped me reinvent my business. They make this word a better place!”

Sheema McCoy

CEO, Car Salvage Service of Tampa Bay

“We are thankful for this program. For a long time we dreamed of having our own business, but we did not know where to start with it. This program gave us the jump start we needed to make our dream come true. It helped us get a clear vision and purpose for our business, and the seed money to launch it to the next level. Very grateful for all the instruction and support!”

Rosemary and Angel Guadalupe

Owners, Angel Eyes Home Watching Services

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