#BBATX’s 2019 grants

We believe that creating and sustaining communities that value gender equality leads to a more just world. We know our economies and communities only stand to benefit from gender equality, as women are also more likely to advocate for equal pay, create socially conscious businesses and media and employ more diversely. Yet, barriers to gender equality in entrepreneurship and creative industries are still real. Across industries, women and other marginalized genders report that they:

  • face discrimination at work for their gender presentation, racial background, sexual orientation and more

  • experience being typecast for particular roles at work (which are often less lucrative or characteristically "feminine")

  • don't have access to financially and socially supportive professional and entrepreneurial networks that can lead to funding and career gains

  • feel authentically underrepresented in stories of success about their industries

  • encounter workplace environments and systems that do not value equal opportunity initiatives, representation, anti-sexism, anti-racism and anti-discriminationIn 2019, though, we want to raise the bar.

And that’s where we come in. Beyond our programs, in 2019 #bossbabesATX will introduce a grants program, providing funding opportunities to businesses that uplift our core tenets of arts empowerment, diversity and equality, creative entrepreneurship, professional and personal curiosity and collaboration. Launching on April 23, women and nonbinary leaders across Texas will have the opportunity to apply for three $500 to $1,000 micro-grants, each funded by businesses in our community who want to offer others the opportunity to come up.


GRANT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Grant applications opened on April 23 and closed on July 12. Applicants will be notified about their awards by August 9, 2019.

 

The Get It, Girl Grant by Richelle Ouellette

ABOUT THIS GRANT: Designed for women and nonbinary freelancers and creatives in the beginning stages of their business, recipients of this grant will receive:

  • $1000 to kickstart and fund expenses related to diving into a freelance or service-based business (i.e., branding/marketing, purchasing supplies or software, hiring contractors, etc.)

  • year-long access to #BBATX’s workshops and meet-ups

  • one-on-one mentoring with the grant’s advisor, Richelle Ouellette.

BEHIND THE FUNDER: With a background in corporate events, Richelle dove into freelance work after simultaneously breaking up with her boyfriend, quitting her job, voiding her lease, and selling the majority of her belongings in one particularly rash summer. With literally nothing to lose and a heart full of hustle, Richelle grew Alchemy Events into a six figure business that less than three years later produces national events and employs dozens of contractors. She has an obvious passion for entrepreneurship and once started 30 businesses in 30 days just for the fun of it.

The Curly Executive Grant For Women of Color Entrepreneurs

ABOUT THIS GRANT: Designed for women of color entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of their business (or at a new business crossroads), recipients of this grant will receive:

  • $1000 to kickstart and fund marketing expenses related to new business activity (i.e., launching a new product or service, opening a new location, etc.)

  • year-long access to #BBATX’s workshops and meet-ups

  • 6 monthly coaching sessions with the grant’s advisor, Mélissa Peng

  • free year-long access to all Curly Executive DIY & guided content (worksheets and webinars)

BEHIND THE FUNDER: The Curly Executive Grants are supported by Mélissa Peng aka Curly Executive a Texas-based Serial Entrepreneur, Business Coach, and YouTuber. Mélissa earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and held roles with marketing behemoths including Procter & Gamble, Macy’s, and NBC Universal. After 10 years of successfully climbing the corporate ladder and earning the title of Director of Marketing at the age of 30, she left corporate and her six-figure salary to build a lifestyle focused on pursuing her many passions and her newfound purpose of helping others do the same. Mélissa is a woman of color and the daughter of a lifelong entrepreneur, this grant’s purpose is to support fellow women of color entrepreneurs in pursuing their passions and taking strategic risks in business.


The Curly Executive Grant For craftHER Entrepreneurs

ABOUT THIS GRANT: Designed for women and nonbinary makers and artist-entrepreneurs in the beginning stages of their business (or a new business crossroads), recipients of this grant will receive:

  • $500 to kickstart and fund marketing expenses related to new business activity for their creative practice (i.e., launching a new product or service, applying for a new market, etc.)

  • year-long access to #BBATX’s workshops and meet-ups

  • Waived booth fee for craftHER Market Fall ‘19

  • 6 monthly coaching sessions with the grant’s advisor, Mélissa Peng

  • free year-long access to all Curly Executive DIY & guided content (worksheets and webinars)

  • Silk flower making workshop at Camellias and Curls HQ in Round Rock, Texas

  • 5 class passes to Pon Di Beat dance master classes

BEHIND THE FUNDER: The Curly Executive Grants are supported by Mélissa Peng aka Curly Executive a Texas-based Serial Entrepreneur, Business Coach, and YouTuber. Mélissa earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and held roles with marketing behemoths including Proctor & Gamble, Macy’s, and NBC Universal. After 10 years of successfully climbing the corporate and earning the title of Director of Marketing at the age of 30, she left corporate and her six-figure salary to build a lifestyle focused on pursuing her many passions and her newfound purpose of helping others do the same.

In addition to founding Curly Executive Mélissa is the artist behind Camellias and Curls, a handmade flower hair accessories brand, and the creator of Pon Di Beat, a Dance Hall and Afrobeat dance masterclass series in Austin and Houston, Texas. This grant’s purpose is to support fellow makers, artists, and performing artists in pursuing their passions and taking strategic risks in business.