Our Work: Entrepreneurship

We connect aspiring entrepreneurs with capital, mentorship and training to diversify the pipeline of new founders.

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We’re on the forefront of a mission that ensures nobody goes without simply because they cannot afford these products. 

Arion Long

Founder, Femly

Why We Support

Due to systemic barriers to financial resources and investments, some entrepreneurs have difficulty starting and growing small businesses.

Diversifying the Pipeline

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Access to capital


Through pitch competitions and business incubator programs, we provide access to capital for entrepreneurs  to launch their own businesses.

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We invest in partnerships and programs that connect young people and innovators with mentorship, coaching, planning and development resources that will help scale and grow their ideas into impactful businesses.

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Mobility startups


We support entrepreneurs that use innovative transportation solutions to expand access to essential goods and services.

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Through initiatives like HERImpact, we're able to enable the growth of women and minority-owned businesses by providing them with necessary tools and community support.

Melissa Bradley

Managing Partner of 1863 Ventures

Ford Community Centers

Our Ford Community Centers around the world bring nonprofits, residents and community leaders together to expand access to essential services, education and economic opportunities.


In Craiova, Romania and Pretoria, South Africa, our centers serve as entrepreneurship hubs. Nonprofit partners provide funding, mentoring and development programs to help local residents design businesses that create jobs and economic growth.

Romania Ford Community Center

Our Entrepreneurship Partners Include

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