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Entrepreneurial Leaders

Bringing champions together to remove barriers for historically excluded communities 

The Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership (IFEL), founded in 2002, is an independent, not‐for‐profit organization that supports economic development through entrepreneurship. We are experts in creating and implementing small business programming in support of inclusion, supplier diversity, and economic development objectives.


We envision a future with inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems in which people from historically marginalized populations have equal opportunities for success. In pursuit of this vision, our mission is to eradicate the systemic barriers that prevent people of color from being able to access the knowledge, networks, and capital required for entrepreneurial success and wealth creation. ​​

Our three programmatic areas are as follows:

  • Relationship Capital Connections

  • Investor Inclusion 

  • Community-Building Small Business Initiatives 

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Meet Our Champion Level Supporters


Venture Equity Project

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​Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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