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Read about the Capital Access Lab’s impact and stories from our participating funds.

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By Jewel Burks Solomon, Collab Capital | September 30, 2020

Since I’ve been able to work, I’ve worked multiple jobs. During summers growing up, I worked in the businesses started by my grandparents in Mobile, AL and passed down to my father and his siblings. You could find me doing everything from working the register at their BP gas station to preparing sandwiches in my father’s Subway.

Black people literally have to work twice as hard to get half as much.

Entrepreneurs who participated in an Emerge Tech Cohort sponsored by 1863 Ventures, an accelerator program affiliated with the 1863 Fund in Washington, D.C.

By Abby Schultz, Barrons | August 4, 2020

Capital Access Lab – an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation – recently invested in five funds that are using alternative financing structures to support underserved entrepreneurs.

Money + Meaning podcast

By SOCAP | May 6, 2020

In a SOCAP podcast, Agnes Dasewicz, Capital Access Lab Lead, and Philip Gaskin, VP of Entrepreneurship at Kauffman, discuss the challenges entrepreneurs face raising capital, the Foundation’s effort to create systems-level change in entrepreneurial funding, and why this work is deeply personal for both of them.

January 2021

By Lolita Taub, indie.vc, The Community Fund | January 12, 2021

December 2020

By Njera Perkins, AfroTech | December 11, 2020

October 2020

By Kristy Tillman, indie.vc, Tomorrow Looks Bright | October 23, 2020

July 2020

By Lucinda Shen, Fortune | July 15, 2020

June 2020

By Connie Loizos, TechCrunch | June 26, 2020


By Jennifer Alsever, Medium | June 15, 2020


By Madison Hogan, AtlantaInno | June 9, 2020


By Mary Ann Azevedo, Crunchbase News | June 9, 2020

February 2020

By Justin Dawkins, Collab Capital | February 12, 2020


By Bryce Roberts, Indie.vc | February 6, 2020


By Pivotal Systems | January 30, 2020

January 2021

By David Teten, Versatile Venture Capital, and Jamie Finney, Greater Colorado Venture Fund | January 14, 2021

October 2020

By Priya Parrish, Impact Engine | October 30, 2020


By David Baboolall, Kelemwork Cook, Nick Noel, Shelley Stewart, and Nina Yancy of McKinsey & Co | October 29, 2020

September 2020

By Emily Flitter, New York Times | September 10, 2020

July 2020

By Dennis Price, ImpactAlpha | July 28, 2020


By Mike Asem, M25 | July 7, 2020


By Bert Van Der Vaart, SEAF and Agnes Dasewicz | July 2, 2020

June 2020

By Ed Dugger, Reinventure Capital | June 18, 2020