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NACCE/EEVF Phase II Venture Funding Winners

MCCCD and NACCE/EEVF Phase II Small Business Venture Funding Program - Announcement of Winning Cohort

Five Maricopa Colleges are participating in a collaboration with the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Everyday Entrepreneurship Venture Fund (EEVF). The collaboration is part of the NAACE/EEVF Venture Fund phase II program which is raising money to provide capital to Maricopa student-entrepreneurs for start-up and scale up of small businesses. With support of the Maricopa Colleges Foundation, faculty and development directors from the five participating Maricopa Colleges - Glendale Community College, Phoenix College, Mesa Community College, Rio Salado College, and South Mountain Community College - have raised a venture fund from local donors, along with grant funds from NACCE/EEVF. In May 2021 the first cohort of student-entrepreneurs were selected to receive $2,500 each for the launch and expansion of some interesting and exciting small businesses. In addition to start-up capital, the six student-entrepreneurs receive ongoing mentoring and advising from the Maricopa Small Business Development Center, and campus faculty and staff.

Devotera Hill
Devotera Hill - Rio Salado College

Devotera Hill is a professional dancer, and is opening 2Leftfeet dancing studio.

Olivia Vella
Olivia Vella - Rio Salado College

Olivia Vella is opening Magic Moments, a Disney princess performing artists entertainment company. 

David Olivo
David Olivo - Phoenix College

David Olivo is expanding Everyday Jumps, a bounce house and party rentals business. 

Kaitlyn Benicosa
Kaitlyn Benincosa - Glendale Community College

Kaitlyn Benincosa is opening Belle Botanical & Creations, a business creating permanent flowers and floral arrangements for weddings and events.

Fahad Shakir - Glendale Community College

Fahad Shakir is expanding Falafel Avenue, a mobile vegan food business.

Tanya Stark
Tanya Stark - South Mountain Community College

Tanya Stark is working on Givers Unite, a thrift store that is both in-person and online, using a cooperative workplace model.

Thank You!

Thank you to our initial donors including the Foundation for Economic Education, k16 solutions, Encanto Palmcroft Benefits, and the Rotary Club of Downtown Tempe, as well as NACCE/EEVF.

There will be two more cohorts of student-entrepreneurs selected for capital funding in December 2021, and May 2022. All Maricopa students are eligible to apply, look for announcement of the next application cycle in early fall 2021.

For more information contact:

Glendale Community College:
Phoenix College:
Rio Salado College:
Mesa Community College:
South Mountain Community College: