"She then contacted love, Pittsburgh, which carries handmade goods by her business, Idia’Dega. Idia also received a small grant from ORIGINS, a Bridgeway Capital program that supports Black makers, designers, artists, and craftspeople in Pittsburgh, to launch the project."
"This fall, Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator (CBA) and Ascender combined their business building capabilities to offer the inaugural Next Leap Program. Ascender’s team of experts and coaches worked closely with 10 creative businesses to transform growth ideas into actionable plans. The CBA will now continue to help them pursue their Next Leap goals over the following six months to realize financial resilience and social impact."
"There’s even a branch of an investment firm, called Bridgeway Capital, dedicated to financing business ideas in historically disadvantaged areas."
"Taste & See Fruit & Veggie Bar is owned by Krystal Robinson, who graduated from Bridgeway Capital’s 18-month Accelerator Program. The menu will offer smoothies, fresh-cut fruit and vegetable slices, infused water, soups, and salads."
"Bridgeway Capital, which provides capital to underserved groups, has been awarded a $5 Million Grow with Google Small Business Fund loan."
"Pittsburgh Today Live's Mikey Hood shows us how the Sankofa Village Community Garden isn't just growing fruits, vegetables, and plants, but community ties as well."
"For new business owners Lunsford-Evans and the Kelly sisters, the pandemic, as well as the social justice movement that has grown exponentially this summer, put a greater emphasis on what had driven them to start their own companies. Both are part of a relatively new movement of Black farmers in Pittsburgh, and their business goals include helping to create a better system, a lasting framework for Black-owned agricultural businesses, along with addressing issues surrounding food apartheid — a term that highlights the lack of high-quality, affordable fresh food and the systemic race-based structures that cause it."
"The new effort from PG&H, a project by Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, currently features locally made and designed products by 18 makers and artists."
“One of the true turning points was the moment where other business owners and organizations offered to order masks from us,” she says. With a small grant from Bridgeway Capital’s Creative Business Accelerator program, they were then able to to begin to pay some of their 300 volunteers who couldn’t afford to keep working for free due to lost income.
"“Some people make donations. Some people go to the pay-what-you-can market, and they leave money in the line to help make it work,” he said. A $10,000 grant from Bridgeway Capital was especially welcome."
"Thanks to $10,000 in grants from Bridgeway Capital and Neighborhood Allies, Pierre and his small team are feeding hundreds of Pittsburghers from Thursday to Sunday. Now, Pierre is cooking out of a full-service kitchen at the Energy Innovation Center in the Hill District with food provided by food banks and organizations like 412 Food Rescue."
“Our COVID-19 Response Fund makes patient and responsive capital available to sustain small businesses and nonprofits that may not be adequately supported by other economic recovery efforts,” said T.J. Bogdewic, President and CEO, Bridgeway Capital, in the statement. “Now, more than ever, our region needs patient capital to ensure that the potential of all communities and entrepreneurs persists through the present crisis.”