Rev1 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Grant Fund

Helping women and entrepreneurs of color build tech-enabled, high-growth businesses in Central Ohio.

The DE&I Grant Fund provides up to $100,000 to support salary and benefits for underserved Founders for up to 1 year. These grants help to build a pipeline of founders able to dedicate time and focus on building their business.

Companies with diverse teams are 75% more likely to exceed financial targets*

Who is Eligible?

Companies located in the Columbus region with a diverse founder (women or underserved minority).
Companies should be at the concept stage, building a tech-enabled business with high-growth potential.
Companies must be an active Rev1 client or who have attended Rev1’s Customer Learning Lab market validation bootcamp.

Supported Companies



Fall Cohort 2022 Applications Have Been Processed.

Congratulations to the following applicants who will be moving on to the presentation round of the grant process:



Movement Genius

Skelo Wear

ZED Digital 

How to Apply?

The application period for the fall 2022 cohort has closed. Details regarding our next round will be announced early in 2023. Eligible applicants will be invited to apply via email.

All applications will be reviewed and scored by the Grant Committee.
All companies notified of the results: top five scoring applications will be invited to present to the Grant Committee.
All companies will have the option of working with a team of Rev1 mentors to prepare their pitches.

Special Thanks to Our Partners

Grant Committee Members

Deonna Barnett

Advisory Partner

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Kristy Campbell

Chief Operating Officer

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Dionnica Gaston

Managing Director, Talent

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Melinda Gloriosa

Director, Investment Funds

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Alicia Oddi

Managing Director, Entrepreneur & Inclusion Programs

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Riley Shelton

Investment Analyst

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*Source: Purdue