Bull City Equitable Development Fund

About the Bull City Equitable Development Fund

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the difficulty minority and other traditionally underrepresented entrepreneurs and business owners face in trying to access capital to launch, maintain, grow and adapt their businesses. Forging strategic partnerships with majority- and minority- owned banks, credit unions, community development financial institutions (CFDIs), philanthropic organizations, Small Business Investment Companies, and social impact funds are activities necessary to fully bring the business owners into the business support ecosystem and to create resiliency to withstand economic interruptions, be it natural disasters, civil unrest or pandemics. The most difficult capital for new, emerging, and early phase entrepreneurs is patient capital to seed the growth and expansion of “home grown” historically underutilized businesses, including those identified as potential vendors in the supply chain management system. The Bull City Equitable Development Fund will provide such capital, thereby aligning with the overall strategy of Built2Last to create jobs, sustain jobs and grow wealth in the identified sectors and geographic sites identified.

The Built2Last Bull City Equitable Development Division will invest in historically underutilized companies that are either startups, emerging, early phase or encore in need of capital to succeed. We will partner with various financial institutions willing to invest in the nonprofit. We will manage risk by partnering with majority- and minority- owned banks, credit unions, CFDIs and a host of other such institutions that can show consistent earnings, diversified supplier and customer bases and attractive cash flow characteristics.

411 West Chapel Hill Street
Suite 10
P. O. Box 12886
Durham, NC 27701

Office: (919) 998-9747

Our Overall Mission

Built2Last works to create a more inclusive entrepreneurial and business ecosystem in Durham, with an emphasis on women and underrepresented minorities, and assist individuals in marginalized communities to gain the skills and experience needed to fully participate in economic prosperity.

Durham Built2Last Innovations Lab, Inc. values equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its dimensions. As part of our mission, we welcome all voices to add their perspectives on how we can ensure that our community remains diverse. Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion strengthens our voice as a community while elevating our ability to eliminate economic disparities.