Supportive Employment Incubator

Access Ventures wants to create a culture that encourages and facilitates more supportive employment. Our incubator is designed to foster the creation of social enterprises or enterprising non-profits that are intentional about who they hire and how they support those they hire by creating a work environment and employment model that provides the additional support they need to be successful.

Why Supportive Employment?

In order to gain the stability required to participate and act within our economy, people need a place to live and a place to work. There are many members of our community that require additional support in the workforce to help them reach that point of stability. Despite a healthy average unemployment rate across our region, some zip codes (and some demographics) have an unemployment rate of over 25%. It might be a recovering addict, a formerly incarcerated individual, or someone who has struggled from chronic poverty. We believe that a chance at stable employment and a living wage is a right that belongs to everyone. Giving employees the tools they need to be successful definitely helps the employee receiving those services; but we also believe these tools help the employee be more successful, but also benefit the employer and the community as a whole.

There are many members of our community that require additional support in the workforce to help them reach that point of stability. We believe that a chance at stable employment is a right that belongs to everyone. Giving employees the tools they need to be successful helps the employee receiving those services but also helps the employer and the community at large.

Program Details

The chosen enterprise idea will receive up to $100,000 of financing and business development guidance in the form of financial and marketing workshops.

Who:

  • Each proposal will be submitted by an entry team. An entry team can be one person or a number of people and has no limit on size. The entry team creates the proposal but is not necessarily the entire management team of the enterprise.
  • You must have at least one person designated to the success of this enterprise.
  • All entry teams should be located in the Louisville MSA (Louisville and Southern Indiana)
  • At least one member of the entry team must have experience working with the population you are serving.
  • You can apply on behalf of an existing non-profit organization that works with the population you intend to hire but new ideas are also accepted.

 

 

When:

Registration Phase: December 6th, 2018 – February 1st, 2019 (Registration will be reviewed on a rolling basis.)

Applications Phase: December 13th, 2018 – February 8th, 2019 (Eligible registrants will receive the application with one week of submitting their registration.) 

Applications Deadline: February 28th, 2019

Selection Announcement: March 18th, 2019

Next Steps