Exciting news! After an extensive process, we’ve officially launched the 2024 Lenovo Evolve Small cohort in partnership with Lenovo, AMD, and Microsoft. This initiative marks a continued commitment to supporting diverse-led Brick-and-Mortar and Consumer Goods startups in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Raleigh-Durham, and Toronto.
This year, we’re amplifying our efforts with a selected group of founders from 18 innovative startups who share our vision of serving underserved communities, including people of color, women, and individuals with disabilities. The program offers them a unique package to propel their growth: a cash award, technology package, and business support. Six of the startups were selected to receive the Platinum package: $15,000 in grants, a $10,000 technology package, specialized mentorship for entrepreneurs from CWC Coaching and Therapy, and the chance to promote their brands on billboards and social media platforms in their local areas of operation – featuring AI-customized ads with fellow small business owner and Evolve Small ambassador, Queen Latifah. The other 12 companies were awarded the Gold Package where they’ll each receive a $15,000 grant along with Lenovo technology to help power their businesses. It’s more than aid; it’s an investment in their future and the communities they serve.
As part of their recognition and in addition to the elements, each winning small business will receive a comprehensive professional development from Goodie Nation and access to Lenovo’s network of industry experts and mentorship opportunities.
“We are honored to announce the winners of the Evolve Small initiative and extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of our small business participants,” said Gerald Youngblood, Chief Marketing Officer of Lenovo North America and a member of our Intentionally Good community. “These remarkable small businesses exemplify the spirit of innovation and resilience that defines the entrepreneurial community. We are committed to the role technology plays in their journey towards success and look forward to witnessing their continued growth and impact.“
As we move forward with our 2024 cohort, we’re inspired by their drive and dedication. Stay tuned for their stories of impact and innovation. Through the Lenovo Evolve Small program, we’re not just nurturing startups; we’re shaping a more inclusive and empowered entrepreneurial landscape. Here’s to a transformative year ahead with our partners and founders!