We provide the tools and resources necessary to transform hustles into livelihoods.

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Our Core Values

These beliefs inform our approach to providing tailored assistance to local entrepreneurs.

Financial Empowerment Financial Empowerment

Our business services are paired with personal finance advice to help our entrepreneurs plan and save for the future.

Personal Goal Setting Personal Goal Setting

We leverage our entrepreneurs’ visions for the future to create action plans customized to their own definition of success.

Healthy Business Systems Healthy Business Systems

Our entrepreneurs are guided to create sustainable foundations for a bankable enterprise that can grow.

Supporting Entrepreneurial Identity Supporting Entrepreneurial Identity

We strive to add “entrepreneur” to the language of self-employed gardeners, bakers, or hair stylists.

Relationship Building Relationship Building

We build our services on a foundation of trust and communication.

Shifting the Paradigm Shifting the Paradigm

We believe impact is created through partnership, not traditional service.

From the Blog

1 February

February Entrepreneur of the Month: Upendo of InterWorldFilmz

Each month, Fund 17 profiles an entrepreneur to share unique stories and promote local businesses. February’s Entrepreneur of the Month is Upendo Na Kushindana, who completed the Fall 2017 cycle of the Fellowship Program. Interworld Filmz provides photography and videography services for events and various projects. Artists, product designers, and anyone seeking professional photo or […]

19 January

From our Fellows: Mya + Rhadell

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The following is an installment in our blog series, “From our Fellows.” Each post is written by a different Fund 17 Fellow and serves as a brief glimpse into the impact of our business development relationships between Fellows and local entrepreneurs. Mya, Fund 17 Fellow, worked with Entrepreneur Rhadell Green to grow her skincare business Logic. Below, she reflects […]

16 January

From our Fellows: Hannah + Tracy

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The following is an installment in our blog series, “From our Fellows.” Each post is written by a different Fund 17 Fellow and serves as a brief glimpse into the impact of our business development relationships between Fellows and local entrepreneurs. Hannah, Fund 17 Fellow, worked with Entrepreneur Tracy Brown to establish her leotard business Levels. Over the Fall, I […]

What our Entrepreneurs Are Saying

  • Ed Campbell

    “They were on top of me with everything…Fund 17 was a big help for me and I enjoyed it. I enjoyed spending time with them and it was just fun!”

    - Ed Campbell
  • Shelia Hutchinson

    “They gave me someone to work with that helped me get on track and stay on track…Thanks to Fund 17, I now have a website, a Square, a Paypal account, and an Etsy. Without Fund 17, I would have none of that. I guarantee you!”

    - Shelia Hutchinson
  • “Khulu” Kevin Buckner

    “I always know there is someone I can call and Fund 17 will be there.”

    - “Khulu” Kevin Buckner