We put research into practice through innovative programs that inject knowledge, networks and capital to create better markets and stronger communities both here in Atlanta and in Latin America.
Start:Me Accelerator Program
Start Micro-Entrepreneur Accelerator Program (Start:ME) is an intensive 14-week accelerator program that leverages the Village Capital Model to provide the most promising micro-entrepreneurs (those starting businesses with 1-4 employees) in marginalized metro Atlanta communities business training, mentorship support and early-stage financing needed to develop their businesses. When successful, these businesses generate income for entrepreneurs and their families while at the same time build neighborhood vitality.
Start:ME has been working in the Clarkston community since 2013 and launched in Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood in 2015. The program conducts sessions weekly each spring (January through April) working with 15-18 promising micro-entrepreneurs in each community. The program is delivered by several lead community partners including Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs (ACE), Friends of Refugees and East Lake Foundation. Other local partners include the Clarkston Community Center, East Lake Neighborhood Community Association (ELNCA), PNC Bank and Northern Trust.Read More
Nicaragua Community Health Connection (NCHC)
NCHC works to accelerate improved health outcomes in the isolated, rural coffee community of Los Robles which is located in Northern Nicaragua. The program is conducted in collaboration with the residents of Los Robles, local partner Comunidad Connect and SE@G.
Los Robles, Nicaragua and SE@G have been connected since 2009 when business students first traveled to learn about coffee markets and the power of social enterprise. Seven years later, 250+ students from across Emory have visited Los Robles and the NCHC program is building momentum.
Students from across Emory engage year round through NCHC and its many community-health programs including a fully functioning clinic health post. Students visit Los Robles as part of travel module courses and also participate in summer projects as part of the Global Health Impact Project (GHIP).Read More