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ASCEND ATLANTA

Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Ascend Atlanta is a small business support ecosystem for minority and women-owned companies. In partnership with Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), Village Micro Fund, and Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative, our mission is to rebuild, restore, and rethink the path to business success for Entrepreneurs of Color.

The program provides management education, access to capital, access to markets, and community building through alumni circles with local experts. Since our launch in 2017, we have impacted over 112 small businesses, created and sustained 282 jobs, achieved $12,930,260 revenue increase, and over $4.5M capital raised.

AGAP-Accelerating Growth Activator’s Program

This initiative is a partnership with Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE) funded by Wells Fargo Bank. This 24-week program is designed to be the catalyst to support businesses in securing funding that ignites economic growth by expanding market share and increasing jobs within their respective communities. Since our inception and launch in 2019, we have achieved the following impact:

  • Secured $275,000 in Grant Awards 
  • Impacted 11 small businesses 
  • Created and sustained 23 jobs 
  • Raised revenues from an average of $500K to $3.5M

MENTOR-PROTEGE PROGRAM

The MIEC, under the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor-Protégé Program, provides developmental assistance to small technology growth companies. As a key member of mentoring teams consisting of faculty, students and subject matter experts, the MIEC delivers organizational infrastructure training and contract management support to small protege businesses located geographically across the United States. Over the past 15 years, the MIEC has:

  • Partnered with over 17 Mentor companies
  • Assisted over 80 Protégé companies
  • Generated revenue of over $17M
  • Reinvested $4.8M back into the program

In recognition of the excellence achieved in the Mentor-Protégé Program, the MIEC has been awarded 11 Nunn-Perry Awards.

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