Fund 17 is a local non-profit works to combat opportunity inequality throughout New Orleans’ 17 wards by providing micro-entrepreneurs with resources they need to succeed.
Through a new partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Fund 17 has been awarded $150,000 to expand programs that support local entrepreneurs. The Fund 17 Core Pipeline project will be refined and scaled over the course of the three-year grant.
“At Fund 17, we are focused on creating accessible opportunities for entrepreneurship,” said Haley Burns, founder and executive director of Fund 17. “I like to say we turn hustles into livelihoods. This support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation allows us to achieve this mission in a more effective and scalable way.”
The Core Pipeline project has three tiers that assist entrepreneurs with building business foundations, accessing capital, and creating jobs.
“As a small community organization, partnership with a national foundation like this is transformative,” Burns continued. “We will be able to grow our capacity and create more impact at the local level.”