Meet Our Entrepreneurs

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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

25 April

Fund 17 Networking Event is Glimpse into Growing Community

On Thursday, April 14th,  Fund 17 hosted a networking event with the Tulane Entrepreneurs Association at the YAYA Arts Center in Central City. As community partners, entrepreneurs, staff, and community members congregated in the courtyard to the groove of a funk trio, I began to reflect on my time at Fund 17. I joined the […]

24 March

Inside our brand: designing for the 17 wards

Posted in Mission

Studying Economics and International Development while also working as a Designer had left me confused as to where my path would lead. However, when I was asked to take on a logo design and then a full re-branding of Fund 17 in the Summer of 2015, I felt it began an answer to a long-time […]

9 March

From our Fellows: Chloe + Ed

Posted in From Our Fellows

The following is the third installment in our new blog series, “From our Fellows.” Each post is written by a different Fund 17 fellow and serves as a brief inside glimpse into the impact of our business development relationships between fellows and local entrepreneurs.  As a Fund 17 fellow, I have been privileged to get to know […]