Taya Coates | Contributing Writer
The actress turned business mogul is back with another opportunity for Black-owned businesses.
Kiesha Knight Pulliam, best known as Rudy Huxtable, recently announced her involvement in a life-changing opportunity for Black women entrepreneurs.
Pulliam has been known for her work in the venture capitalist sector outside of her current acting career on shows like Tyler Perry’s House of Payne. In 2019, Pulliam launched the Black-owned ‘FEARLESS fund’ investment firm as the company’s founding Chief Development Officer.
‘FEARLESS fund’ has been thriving since its inception, backing wildly successful companies like ‘Slutty Vegan’, ‘Hairbrella’ and ‘Streamlytics’. The Black-women-owned investment firm has also received support from Paypal, Bank of American, and Costco. Applications for funding are accepted on a rolling basis and can be found on the company’s website.
In late May, Pulliam was selected to be the Global Education ambassador for ‘Mielle Organics’, a Black-owned organic haircare giant that went from a small business to retailing in some of the largest stores in just a few years.
‘Mielle Organics’ CEO Monique Rodriguez raved about the partnership, telling AfroTech “We chose Keshia Knight Pulliam as our new Global Education Ambassador because of her passion for providing opportunities for mentorship, education, and venture capital for Black women.”
The Cosby Show star’s first initiative with ‘Mielle Organics’ focuses on supporting entrepreneurship. The Mielle Global Education & Entrepreneurship Scholarship Fund is backed by household names in the business such as Rutgers and the Newark Business Hub.
Scholarship winners will be granted a; “opportunity to attend the NBH Professional Online Global Entrepreneurship
Certificate Program which the company will commit to providing 60 full scholarships for Phase 1 of its program covering costs related to the year-round self-paced program…Following the completion of the program, scholarship recipients will submit their business plan for an opportunity to be 1 of 10 recipients to receive startup funding support and a roundtrip airfare to South Africa November 2022.”
The star spoke about the initiative on the Tamron Hall Show in early May, stating “I love being able to work with other women, specifically women of color…I’m really excited for these women to have this amazing opportunity because what we know is that it’s not a founding issue, it’s a funding issue, it’s an education issue.”
Requirements to apply to the program are minimal, only requiring aspiring or current business owners to live in the United States, Caribbean, Africa, United Kingdom, or Europe and answer a few questions.
The brief application closes on June 15, 2021, still leaving a little over a week to apply. According to the website, scholarship recipients will be announced on June 30, 2021.
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