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What's in a Contribution to 1921 Incubator?

There is no doubt we are living in a time where economic and developmental growth are needed in minority communities. Not that it wasn't needed before; but it has become more apparent in light of recent events that have hit our country in 2020 as well as the multiple disparities that have come to light in low-income communities in a time of COVID19.

At 1921, we believe our holistic approach to solving the issues that plague low-income communities will bring about real change, decrease the wealth gap, and help move communities forward. 

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1921 Young Tech

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1921 Franchise Incubator

When you look at thriving communities of today, they all share many comparisons. The (4) comparisons outlined on the 1921 NFP tab can be replicated in low-income communities as well.

As you may know, 1921 is named after the Black Wall Street of Tulsa, Ok. This was a thriving community in 1921 made up of small and large businesses, working residents with great jobs, and home ownership. When you think about it, these are the same aspects of thriving communities of today. 

Your contribution will allow us to not only implement these programs, but recapture the spirit of Black Wall Street and help us inspire a generation to heights only seen from afar and once believed unachievable.

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The 1921 Funding Initiative

Your contribution goes well beyond a donation. It allows 1921 Incubator the ability to create an ecosystem that will inspire and equip women and minority founders in an industry that is typically difficult to get training, mentoring, and funding.

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The Influence of Your Giving

Imagine being able to influence the outcome of someone's life. The 1921 Funding Initiative is designed to make that happen.

Your contribution to 1921 Incubator gives startups, founders, and future business owners the opportunity to experience training, mentoring, access to investors, and much more through our Photon Initiative for startups and founders. Participants experience:

  • A (12) week intensive entrepreneurship training program

  • Interactions with successful startup founders

  • One on one mentoring

  • The ability to learn and network with other startups and founders in dedicated cohorts

  • Pitching to actual investors/funders

  • And much more.

In addition, like other incubators, 1921 University is designed for colleges and universities with high minority enrollments in entrepreneurship and business programs. When the playing field is leveled, then everyone can participate in every aspect of launching a business and reaching endless possibilities. 

For Corporate Donations and to receive our 1921 Coworking and Incubator Funding Initiative Proposal, please email us at

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The GIF to the left expresses exactly how we feel at 1921 Incubator when someone decides to make a donation, great or small, to our funding initiative. It means you recognize that your donation will help create an incredible tech ecosystem on the Southside of Chicago, help launch 100's of tech startups in the community, created hundreds of great paying jobs, begin moving the needle towards economic growth and development, and start closing the wealth gap.  

We want to recognize individuals/groups who make donations on the 1921 Virtual Wall in the 1921 building. Just as each brick is essential to a building, so are each of our donors. Thank you.

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Thank you to our individual donors who see the need for a change in the community and see the spirit of Black Wall Street in 1921 Incubator.

Every donor receives:

  • Name listed on the 1921 Virtual Wall

  • 1921 Tshirt

  • 1921 Mask

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