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Ascend 2020

An evolution of the University of Washington Foster School of Business’ 3-M Model, Ascend 2020 was created through a grant from JPMorgan Chase’s Small Business Forward initiative. The initiative supports small businesses with the potential to grow, to offer quality employment, and to create economic opportunity for vulnerable populations and their communities. Ascend 2020 links business schools, business service-providing organizations, and Community Development Financial Institutions to create local support ecosystems for neighborhood-based, inner-city, and minority-owned businesses

ICA Fund Good Jobs, Working Solutions, and the Mills College Lorry I. Lokey School of Business and Public Policy have partnered to provide a full continuum of capital and technical assistance to start and scale high-impact small businesses owned by women and minority entrepreneurs across the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.