Ensuring that every entrepreneur has an opportunity to be funded in an equitable manner is core to our work at Forward Cities.
Which is why we partner with organizations like Berkshire Bank and Reevx Labs who are on the ground and making a difference in the lives and communities in the Greater Boston area.
As major stakeholders in the Greater Boston area, Berkshire Bank and Reevx Labs saw a void in their community that needed to be filled. Their partnership will include having Forward Cities survey, facilitate conversations, and help local ecosystem stakeholders — including ESOs and entrepreneurs — map assets, better understand how well equipped service providers are to address barriers to equitable entrepreneurship, illuminate opportunities to catalyze the ecosystem, and generate ideas to activate Reevx Labs Roxbury.
The project will culminate in a workshop focused on equitable access to capital well as a portfolio of recommended action steps and strategies, including articulating the potential impact Reevx Labs can have when scaled.
Local leaders Edgard Arty, Joao Martin, and Ron Molina-Brantley will lead the charge on the ground, collaborating with entrepreneurs and ESOs to facilitate the local connections that will make this engagement successful. This work is community work and, while Forward Cities can provide the infrastructure and systems to promote learning, it is an effort that must be and is tailored to the community being served.