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Fostering an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosytem

Overcoming Systemic Barriers Through Collective Action & Education

We envision a reality where all entrepreneurs have the same opportunity to succeed or fail. Through our innovative programming, we are building a community that brings together allies, inclusion-minded investors, and professionals in support of entrepreneurs & founders from historically excluded populations.

Our Impact

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.  

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 2,800

small business owners, entrepreneurs, and founders served annually

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1,000

 professional experts in our volunteer community to support business owners

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 $2.7M

in investment secured for entrepreneurs and founders

Areas of Focus

Relationship Capital Connections

Our work helps historically-excluded populations gain access to influential networks critical for business success.

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Investor Inclusion

Where inclusion and investing meet, our innovative educational programs engage inclusion-minded investors from historically excluded populations.

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Success Circles 

For 20 years, IFEL has been committed to meeting entrepreneurs where they are with hands-on high touch assistance. 

Through skills-based volunteerism opportunities, IFEL is able to help business owners move to the next level.

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#AlliesAct

Our programming centers on providing opportunities for resource owners to create meaningful action that opens doors for entrepreneurs and founders from historically excluded populations.

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Our work centers on harnessing the power of relationship capital to increase capacity and access to capital for entrepreneurs from historically excluded populations.

Are you an entrepreneur looking for support?
Are you an investor/ally looking to make a difference?

How You Can Make a Difference?

Take action.

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Building Strengthening Relationship Capital

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Investor Education

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Small Business Capacity Building

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Skills-Based Volunteerism

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Access to individuals who could help me see the blindspots in my business was a game changer.

--Kyra Peralte, Roofheads

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