At the latest Diversity & Inclusion Workshop on Nov. 18, Licensing International revealed plans for its Diversity & Inclusion Accelerator Program aimed at providing underrepresented entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed.
The IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility) Committee, a group of high-level executives from the brand licensing industry, created this initiative. These executives included representatives from Horizon Group USA, Encantos, Marquee Brands, WildBrain, and more.
The program will provide $100,000 of resources to chosen companies that include monthly mentoring meetings, enrollment in the Coursework in Licensing Studies professional certification program, and a one-year Licensing International membership, the leading trade organization for the global brand licensing industry.
To be considered, companies must be in the brand licensing business, whether for-profit or nonprofit, and must be diverse in race, gender, sexuality, age, or physical attributes.
Companies that are interested can apply now through April 30, 2021. The 2021 Accelerator Program Cohort will be announced the week of May 24, 2021.
For more information and how to apply, click here.