2020 MicroLoan Grant Panel

MicoLoan Grant

MicroLoan Grant Program awards an entrepreneurial single mother a grant to start-up or scale-up her business.

After reviewing business plans, two finalists have been selected to present in front of a multi-industry panel of professionals. In addition to a grant, the recipient also receives business classes with our partner, Women Venture, and a year of business mentorship from a member of the panel.

We believe in the spirit of entrepreneurialism and we desire the economic advancement of single mothers. Join this effort by helping to contribute to the grant fund.

Meet The Panel

Kayla Hollatz

Kayla Hollatz is a copywriter and website strategist for creative entrepreneurs and SaaS companies who want their words to connect and convert. Fewer things make her happier than crafting impactful stories and discovering new conversion strategies. She is passionate about using her business as a tool for generosity, especially in the cause of supporting sex trafficking and abuse survivors.

Matt Schwartz, Great Waters Financial

Matt loves to spend time listening to our clients to learn about their values and motivations and applies his understanding to the advice that he delivers.  He works tirelessly to ensure that every client gets the attention they deserve so they are confident they have the edge needed to maximize their financial plan, whether through income strategies, tax planning, or investment management.

Alysha Price, The Price Dynamic

Founder and owner of The Price Dynamic, Alysha Price devotes her time to navigating healthy paths of parenting between co-parents. She has also authored a book and workbook titled “It’s not complicated”.  As a 2019 Finnovation recipient, she is using critical time to better understand and guide parental equity in our community. 

Gifty Amarteifio

Dr. Gifty Amarteifio is research and evaluation specialist from St. Paul, MN. She holds a Ph.D. in Evaluation Studies and a MA in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota. She has conducted evaluations in K-12 education, higher education, community-based organizations, non-profits, and government agencies. Her evaluation journey in these various sectors has allowed her to acquire skill around instrument development, purposeful data gathering, data analysis, and program implementation; all of which aids in her systems thinking approach to evaluation.

Matt Rowe

Matt has worked in the public and private sectors for both large and small companies alike.  He’s been a High School Math Teacher, Math Textbook Author, Software Engineer, Business and Nonprofit Consultant, and currently works as a Product Manager for Best Buy in their Digital and Technology division. He holds three degrees (Education, Mathematics, Software Development) and is especially passionate about product design, product development, psychology, coaching, data analysis, and customer experience. He is no good at drawing but sometimes he tries anyway.

Read our highlight on the 2019 Emerge Mothers Academy MicroLoan Grant Recipient

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