I’m a big believer in putting money where my mouth is and putting my skin in the game. It’s one thing to talk about the importance (and decline) of entrepreneurship among young people. It’s another thing to actually tangibly support entrepreneurship among young people. It’s one thing to talk about how it is economic opportunity (and the entrepreneurs behind it) that transforms communities and lifts people out of poverty — not central planners and bureaucrats. It’s another to actually tangibly support the creation of new economic opportunity (also why I think venture capital is noble).
So today I am putting my money where my mouth is.
I will be awarding $2,000 to young entrepreneurs in Spring 2018. The awards will be split into 1 $1,000 grant and 2 $500 grants and will be awarded to young people ages 16-22 who have viable businesses that have achieved at least proof-of-concept and with which they want to work full-time (they need not currently work full-time on the businesses). When possible, I will be available to offer connections, resources, and guidance to grantees.
The application can be found here. (Applications submitted directly via email will not be considered!)