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For the past 25 years, VentureWell has been working to support creative, early-stage innovators on their journeys to take bold ideas from concept to scalable impact.
This publication is a step toward digging deeper into both the innovator’s journey and our own. It focuses on lessons learned, struggles, and ongoing opportunities to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in three areas of VentureWell’s work:
- programmatic activities within our flagship Entrepreneur Team (E-Team) program, which provides support for teams of early-stage, US-based student innovators through grants, training, coaching, and networking;
- organizational culture and practices, including our “messy chapter one” efforts to take on this work, as well as our staff-driven engagement and learning activities, short- and longer-term organizational commitments, and enhancements to internal policies and practices; and
- field-building, including defining our role as a “convener-participant” in this work and seeking frequent feedback from and collaboration with experts in the field who bring equity work to life in many different contexts and communities.
We see this as the beginning of a conversation, and welcome your perspectives on what we’ve shared.