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NATIONWIDE IMPACT

ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR EVERYONE

Lightship directly challenges the narrative that identifies women, founders and communities of color as being “high risk” and “underperforming”. We acknowledge that lack of meaningful access to mentorship, network and capital put minority entrepreneurs and ecosystems at a considerable disadvantage, so we empower them with the resources they need to thrive.

6,479

SERVED

$465M

RAISED BY OUR FOUNDERS

$500,000

AVERAGE ANNUAL REVENUE

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A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,

CANDICE MATTHEWS BRACKEEN

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TOTAL IMPACT

6,479

FOUNDERS SERVED

52%

WOMEN SERVED

71%

BLACK SERVED

492+

JOBS CREATED SINCE 2021

KEY FIGURES FROM 2023

5,074

SERVED ACROSS ALL PROGRAMS

2,840

ATTENDED BLACK TECH WEEK

804

ATTENDED BLACK TECH WEEKEND

563

ATTENDED BLACK TECH WEEK MEETUPS

493

ATTENDED
STARTUP TRAIN

503

ATTENDED WORKFLOW WEDNESDAY SERIES

124

ATTENDED
LIGHTSHIP BOOTCAMP

120

ATTENDED
LIGHTSHIP SHOWCASE

LEARN ABOUT OUR IMPACT

Read about how Lightship Foundation's programming affected the lives of founders and innovators in Florida, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio.

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Download our 2023 Lightship Impact Report

16 CITIES SERVED

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To date, we have impacted innovation ecosystems in Cincinnati, OH, Detroit, MI, Tulsa, OK, Miami, FL, Kansas City, MO, Columbus, OH, Cleveland, OH, Youngstown, OH, Athens, OH, Toledo, OH, North Miami, FL, Madison, WI, New York, NY, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, MD, and Philadelphia, PA.

  HOW WE DO IT  

Our purpose is to revolutionize the entrepreneurial landscape by providing women and founders of color with unprecedented access to information, resources and funding, granting them an unparalleled advantage to thrive, expand, and ultimately achieve successful exits.

Lightship aims to increase the number of diverse entrepreneurs in the Midwest Region

• Amplify Innovators, CEO’s, and Investors of Color on a global stage.
• Provide access to venture funding.
• Close the technology education gap for diverse communities in the region.

 

BOOTCAMP

Lightship Bootcamp is a comprehensive early stage business advancement program offering tailored educational content and extensive networking opportunities for Women and Founders

of Color. Through a 2.5 day intensive coursework, participants gain a profound understanding of product development, fundraising, and business models.

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ACCELERATOR

Lightship Accelerator is a 12-week program fostering inclusive acceleration, education, and opportunities for women and Founders of Color in the tech space, featuring investment from Lightship Capital.

The program comprises six weeks of tailored curriculum and six weeks of focused "work sprints," covering areas such as Branding, Messaging, Corporate Partnerships, and Customer Development.

LIGHTWORK

Lightwork serves as a gathering space for founders, creators, and innovators to connect and foster community, offering a platform to address individual entrepreneurial challenges and collaboratively generate solutions. 

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SHOWCASE

Lightship Showcase shines a spotlight on program participants, offering valuable insights into the success of startups within their thriving ecosystem. This event encourages the community

to discover the growth stories of entrepreneurs and understanding the compelling reasons behind their choice to nurture their ventures in their city. 

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WHO WE SERVE

KIM LEWIS
CURL MIX

ALCIA WILLIAMS

ABLOOM

XAVIER GRAY

TECH AND FLOW

PATRICK BOATENG II

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2023 RECAP

Read about how Lightship Foundation's programming affected the lives of founders and innovators in Florida, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Michigan and Ohio.

Download our 2023 Lightship Yearbook

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HOW WE HELP

Lightship Foundation is dedicated to joining the work to foster a thriving entrepreneurial landscape in cities across the US. Our mission revolves around empowering remarkable entrepreneurs and innovators in often overlooked geographies, by offering invaluable guidance, unwavering support, and access to a robust network that is essential for the growth and sustainability of their businesses.

 

At Lightship we share a deep commitment to improving the prospects of remarkable founders and their enterprises. We believe in the transformative power of partners to bridge the gap between minority-led high-growth startups and the wealth of meaningful opportunities that exist. Through talent development initiatives and specialized programming, we strive to cultivate a truly inclusive ecosystem that fosters innovation and prosperity within all the communities we serve.

LETS WORK TOGETHER

Lightship Foundation partners with foundations, governments, and corporations to bridge the gap between high-growth startups and remarkable entrepreneurs through talent development, effective programming, and capital investment. 

© 2024 LIGHTSHIP FOUNDATION

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