The
Future
Collective
For Black-Owned Businesses

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Meet the winners
The Future Collective supports Black entrepreneurs by maximizing their opportunities for growth. Founded on our responsibility and desire to use our privileged position in the corporate world, this program aims to enable a more diverse, equitable workforce.

Basically, we’ve committed to our core values by putting our money—and resources—where our mouth is. Five Black-owned and operated businesses have been selected to receive funding, mentorship and access to a network of resources.
Are you eligible?
The five participants have each received $24,000—$18,000 in cash and $6,000 in Fiverr credit. The $18,000 will be used however the entrepreneurs and their mentors see fit. The $6,000 has been applied to professional services offered on Fiverr’s platform.
All mentorship is overseen by Fiverr and 1863 Ventures, a DC-based business working to accelerate Black entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth. 1863 Ventures has worked with over 2,500 founders, representing nearly $300M and thousands of jobs. Mentorship includes general business best practice coaching as well as individualized coaching relevant to each entrepreneur.
Each entrepreneur has been assigned a dedicated Fiverr Success Manager responsible for recommending the best Fiverr freelancers based on the entrepreneurs’ respective needs and expectations. This will help participants maximize their usage of the $6,000 in Fiverr credits. Additionally, the entrepreneurs have opportunities to network with one another throughout the program and beyond.

Grant Winners

Hey Girl Hey

Seanice & Sharina Clarke

Hey Girl Hey

Brooklyn natives and sisters Seanice and Sharina Clarke created the card game Hey Girl Hey in July 2020 as a response to the pandemic parameters in place. Seanice and Sharina hoped to reestablish some of the connections and bonds that had been severed by social distancing. Inspired by their background and personal experiences in nonprofit, tech, and retail, the two sisters collaborated to incorporate elements of female empowerment and inclusivity into a fun, engaging card game. Hey Girl Hey was also designed to appeal to women of color within a diverse social spectrum.
Keeyahri

Keya Martin

Keeyahri

Keeyahri is all about feathers, faux fur, pops of color, curious shapes, architectural concepts, and innovative designs. Founder and Artistic Director Keya Martin swapped out her corporate career for a more rewarding one in fashion. She created luxury footwear brand Keeyahri for the modern woman, with a focus on building up the confidence of the shoe wearer in every step. Keya’s journey has pushed her to embrace the shoemaking process while rewriting and redefining the rules of shoe design. After establishing a name for herself within the United States, Keeyahri’s contemporary designs are now sailing across the Atlantic.
Appdrop

Adrian Abrams

Appdrop

Appdrop, a software company cofounded by CMO Adrian Abrams, harnesses the power of no-code software to empower non-technical teams to build mobile apps. Adrian has had a lifelong infatuation with “audacity” and the distinction between those who take life by the reins and those who struggle to do so. He honed in on that audacity his junior year in college when he became an Amazon Best Selling author of his self-published A.T.T.E.N.D.: A Hustler’s Guide To Hacking College. Prior to launching Appdrop, he found success at Google in their Digital Marketing & Strategy division.
De Lor Cakery

Kayisha Thompson

De L'or Cakery

CEO (Cake Executive Officer) Kayisha Thompson is the passionate Cake Artist at the helm of her five-star catering business De L’or Cakery Corporation in New York City. Born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, Kayisha loves every moment of preparing delicious masterpieces that leave lasting impressions. She’s always been ardent about food art and the human mind—so much that she holds a Bachelors in Psychology, a Masters in Human Services, and a Post-Masters Certificate in Mental Health Counseling. She was simultaneously perfecting her baking and cake skills while pursuing academics, leading her to where she is today.
Budget Collector

Ebonique Boyd & Anya Ellis

Budget Collector

Budget Collector, cofounded by Ebonique Boyd and Anya Ellis, is an app bringing art collection to the masses through artificially intelligent art advising. Ebonique graduated from Howard University, University of Oxford graduate school, and spent three years researching the art industry. She works part-time as Executive Director of the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities. Anya, a student at the University of Illinois, developed the technical framework for Budget Collector. She recently won first place in the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation for her work on piezoelectric heart sensors.

Selection
Considerations

Purpose

The driving inspiration fueling your business vision and the impact you hope to achieve both for your customers and the broader community

Originality

How your business is differentiated or disruptive within your respective industry

Business Plan

Your plans for business growth and how Fiverr’s Grant Program will help you achieve your goals
Khara Woods

About the Artist

Khara Woods is a Graphic Designer and Artist from Memphis, Tennessee responsible for creating the visual language for The Future Collective seen on this site. For this program, Woods used shape, line, and a bright color palette to highlight the resilience of Black entrepreneurs. In her own words: “I’d like the diamond shape to undergird the idea of beauty and toughness. These entrepreneurs are being celebrated for their persistence in pursuing their goals and dreams, despite a lack of resources.”

Khara's community-focused murals can be found in the South City and Vollintine Evergreen areas of Memphis.

Khara Woods

About the Artist

Khara Woods is a Graphic Designer and Artist from Memphis, Tennessee responsible for creating the visual language for The Future Collective seen on this site. For this program, Woods used shape, line, and a bright color palette to highlight the resilience of Black entrepreneurs. In her own words: “I’d like the diamond shape to undergird the idea of beauty and toughness. These entrepreneurs are being celebrated for their persistence in pursuing their goals and dreams, despite a lack of resources.”

Khara's community-focused murals can be found in the South City and Vollintine Evergreen areas of Memphis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Fiverr’s Future Collective for Black-Owned Businesses?

The Future Collective for Black-Owned Businesses by Fiverr is a business development program that aims to support Black businesses owners with capital, mentorship, and access to a network of resources.

Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

Applicants must be 18 years or older and identify as Black or African American. Applicants must be an owner of a U.S.-based, Black-owned business incorporated in the United States that has purchased at least three gigs on Fiverr's platform. For more details on the eligibility requirements, please refer to the Grant Terms and Conditions.

My business is a sole-proprietorship, am I eligible to apply?

Yep!

If my business does not operate in the United States can I apply?

Unfortunately, the grants are only available to businesses based in the United States.

Can I apply more than once?

Due to the anticipated high volume of applications, we are only able to accept one application per business.

What is the amount of each grant?

As part of the 2021 program, each of the five selected businesses will be awarded $18,000 cash and $6,000 in Fiverr credits.

How many grants will be awarded?

We will be awarding a total of $120,000 in grants across five companies.

Do I have to pay back the grant?

Nope! Grantees will not be asked to pay back the grant.

How does Fiverr expect businesses to use this money? Are there requirements for how they need to spend the funds?

The only requirement is that grantees use the funding for legitimate business expenses that are consistent with what’s outlined in their application. We will not be inspecting or monitoring grantees’ expenditures.

How do I apply?

The application can be accessed here.

Is there a deadline for applying for a grant?

The application process opens on June 21, 2021, and the deadline to apply for a grant is July 12, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

How long does the application process take?

Time spent on the application will vary based on the applicant, but we anticipate that applicants shouldn’t need to spend longer than one hour on their entry.

What information is needed to apply for a grant?

In addition to providing basic information about the business owner, the company, and its business model each applicant must answer a series of short questions, provide net sales for 2020 and expected net sales for 2021, and information on any existing debt or equity funding. If an applicant is selected as a finalist, they will be asked to provide more detailed financial information, including financial statements, as well as business plans and/or pitch decks.

Can I start my application and finish it at a later time?

Unfortunately, no. We suggest writing out your responses in a separate document if you don’t anticipate completing the application in one sitting.

Can I edit my application responses to the questions?

No. Once you’ve submitted your application, you will not be able to access it to edit or review answers.

How will I know if my application has been received?

Once an application is complete, applicants will see a confirmation that their application has been recorded and receive an automated confirmation email from notifications@typeform.com. Please make sure to add this email address to your contacts so that our emails (including about the status of your application) do not end up in your "Spam" folder.

Will my competitive business and financial information be kept confidential?

Absolutely! We understand that applicants may be providing us non-public, confidential information about their business as part of the application and we commit to keeping that information confidential. This information will only be shared with individuals involved with the selection process.

How will I know if I have been selected as a finalist to receive a grant?

We will let applicants know if they have been selected as a finalist and will reach out via the email address or phone number provided in the application within 60 days of the application close date. Please note that due to the high volume of anticipated applications, we will not be able to contact those individuals who are not selected.

If I am selected as a finalist, does that mean I get the grant?

Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee you will receive a grant. Finalists will be asked to provide additional information, including business financial statements and samples of their product, to further evaluate their application. Finalists are expected to maintain confidentiality during this part of the review process.

When can I expect to hear back if I’m selected?

Grantees will be publicly announced in September, and applicants will be notified around that time frame.

Who is reviewing applications?

Applications will be reviewed by a diverse group of Fiverr team members spanning Brand, Community, Creative, Marketing Finance, and program partners at 1863 Ventures and maestra.

How are applications being evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated based on each of the three criteria below:

1. Purpose The driving inspiration fueling your business vision and the impact you hope to achieve both for your customers and the broader community

2. Originality How your business is differentiated or disruptive within your respective industry

3. Business Plan Your plans for business growth and how Fiverr’s Grant Program will help you achieve your goals

Will there be additional documentation or information required after I submit my application?

If we have questions about an application during the review process, we may contact applicants for more information. If selected as a finalist, applicants will be notified via email or telephone. Being selected as a finalist does not guarantee a grant. Finalists will be asked to provide additional information, including business financial statements, as well as product samples, to further evaluate your application.

Do I need to have purchased gigs on Fiverr’s platform in order to qualify for the grant award?

Yes, applicants do need to have a Fiverr member ID and to have purchased at least 3 Fiverr gigs in the past.

Will recipients receive benefits from this initiative, in addition to the funding?

Yes! Grantees will receive the opportunity to participate in advisory, community and social amplification initiatives through early 2022. This will include:

- A dedicated Fiverr Success Manager dedicated to recommending the best Fiverr freelancers based on the entrepreneurs’ respective needs

- Mentorship provided by 1863 Ventures

- One one-on-one consulting session with Fiverr C-suite

- Monthly cohort sessions to stay connected with other grantees

- A dedicated feature on one of Fiverr’s channels (e.g. Instagram, TikTok, Twitter) highlighting the business

What if I don’t have an Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or other social media account for my business or a business website to link to in the application?

No need to create one just for this application! Applicants can provide links to any social media accounts that they have, if any.

Who do I contact if I have questions about my application or the application process?

Applicants can get in touch by reaching out to futurecollective@fiverr.com with the subject line “Future Collective Application”.

*See the Official Terms and Conditions for full details about the Program.