In 2020, The Women’s Fund has committed to investing $335,500 in grant funds toward implementing social change for women in Columbus.
The NAWBO Columbus Chapter is fortunate enough to be one of the programs awarded funding.
The NAWBO Columbus Foundation will launch a pilot phase of the Women’s Venture Studio (WVS) to test research-based strategies.
The goal is to design strategies for growth-minded women business owners to overcome challenges in starting and running a business.
One of our top goals is for women to realize their true economic potential and accelerate as leaders.
The studio will provide the opportunity to conduct active research in the field, allowing us to better understand and illuminate the root causes of disparities, challenges and implicit biases that exist for women when accessing business capital and contracts.
Through understanding the problem areas, we can gain insight for building relevant and consistent programming tailored to helping women entrepreneurs scale within the growing, yet inclusive, Columbus economy.
As central Ohio’s premier organization for women business owners, much of what we do is based around relationships and connection. The Venture Studio will allow us to connect a small but mightly cohort of motivated women with female advisors, mentors and potential investors within the city.
Through this investment into WVS, NAWBO can continue to lead social change through both research and policy development.
Columbus is one of the best places in the nation to launch a business. Yet, a substantial wealth gap exists for women entrepreneurs. We look forward to the development in the coming months for the Columbus Women’s Entrepreneurship Venture Studio.
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