Taking a business from an idea to a successful launch isn't easy. As a young company, we know that there are countless hurdles to overcome when starting a new venture. We also know that without access to capital, connections and guidance it can be even more challenging for Black entrepreneurs. At Parachute, we are committed to taking action towards anti-racism – and to meaningful, lasting change. In June of 2020, we outlined our next steps to better stand with the BIPOC community. Last fall, we launched the Home for Dreams Initiative, a grant and mentorship program for product-centric, Black-owned businesses. We spent the first half of 2021 working with Taylor Long the Founder and CEO of Nomads Swimwear – a size-inclusive, destination-inspired swimwear brand. We helped Taylor with the launch of new collections, guided her as she built important partnerships, helped her learn more about the world of finance and fundraising and hosted Nomads first pop-up shop in our Parachute Scottsdale store. It was an eventful six months! We are now looking for the next recipient of the Home for Dreams Initiative and applications are now open!
Over the past seven and a half years, we've learned a lot! From fundraising, to marketing, to finance, to building a team, we have a lot of knowledge to share. Our mentorship program will offer invaluable insights as well as lifelong connections as we help to launch a new brand.
The Home for Dreams Initiative is a six month program that includes mentorship from our Founder and CEO, Ariel Kaye, access to the entire Parachute team, amplification of the venture across our marketing channels and a $25k grant to invest. We are now accepting applications and the deadline to submit is November 12, 2021 for our. To learn more and apply visit Home for Dreams Initiative.