Fifth Seed Lab Pre-Accelerator Cohort Announced by the Caravanserai Project

By: Sharjeel Sohaib


Jan 4, 2023


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  • In California’s Inland Empire, SEED Lab boosts startup and early-stage social innovators from historically marginalized communities. It gives them the tools they need to forge new paths across inherited obstacles.
  • The fifth batch of entrepreneurs with a social mission that will participate in the Caravanserai Project’s Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab Pre-accelerator has been announced (SEED Lab). 
  • The Caravanserai Project is dedicated to helping mission-driven business owners, both for-profit and nonprofit, establish sustainable companies.

To advance innovative solutions and address problems in the areas of disability (Martha Barragan, Maria Martinez, Isabel Torres, Javier Torres), education (Arlington C. Rodgers Jr., Adriana Ordonez), financial wellness (Dr. Guadalupe Buitron), mental health (Dr. Araceli Ramirez, Mayra Barragan-O’Brien), sustainable agriculture (Dr. Gina Oliver, Richard Hutchin), and sustainable agriculture (Dr (Gail Herring, Jona Herrera). 

Their innovations range from implementing novel sustainable agriculture methods in food deserts to altering the financial mindset of immigrants, creating support networks for childcare providers or families with children with special needs, and empowering marginalized members of BIPOC and immigrant communities through dietary, coaching, and mental health programs.

“The 2022-2023 SEED Lab Fellows truly reflect the diverse social and cultural fabric of Southern California and reconfirm the immense talent pool in our communities. SEED Lab Pre-accelerator, through its training and the unrestricted funding opportunities for fellows, represents future-thinking investments that will generate irreversible system change led by these entrepreneurs”, said Mihai Patru, Caravanserai Project Executive Director.  

About the 2022-2023 Cohort

The 2022-2023 cohorts will participate in intense business and leadership training and one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the eight-month program created by the Caravanserai Project. They will be carried out in collaboration with the University of California Riverside Extension. 

Additionally, they can access sizeable funding from organizations like the California Dream Fund and partners like the Employment Training Panel and the Western Wind Foundation to further their goals and expand their businesses.

Seed Pre-Accelerator

The University of California Riverside Extension is a partner in the Caravanserai Project’s 8-month intensive curriculum, SEED Lab Pre-accelerator. 

The Employment Training Panel of California, Union Bank, Inland Empire Community Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Grace Helen Spearman Charitable Foundation, and private contributors contribute to the 2022–2023 program.

Read More: What is SEED Lab Pre-accelerator by Caravanserai Project?

Caravanserai Project

Through programs and solutions that improve the organizational foundation of mission-driven businesses and organizations, both for-profit and nonprofit, Caravanserai Project is a social impact initiative that advances the work of these groups.

Wells Fargo Awards a $1M Grant to Caravanserai Project

Through its Open for Business Fund program, Wells Fargo gave a $1M grant to a partnership between Caravanserai Project, the Inland Empire Community Collaborative (IECC), and the Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF). The Open for Business Fund provides grants to nonprofits that support small businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Caravanserai Project Gets $2M Grant: Hosts Pitch Competition and Graduation.

The Employment Training Panel of California awarded a $2 million grant to the Palm Springs-based Caravanserai Project to give training support and micro-grants to over 200 Spanish-speaking startups and early-stage businesses in the Inland Empire.

The grant was given at Caravanserai’s 6th Annual “graduation” and pitch competition, which took place at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Wrap Up!

The Social Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Development Lab Pre-Accelerator of the Caravanserai Project will welcome its fifth group of businesspeople with a social mission (SEED Lab). The SEED Lab pre-accelerator gives early-stage social entrepreneurs the tools to carve new paths around inherited barriers. 

A social impact project called the Seed Lab Caravanserai Project enhances the work of enterprises and organizations with a social goal. The SEED Lab Pre-accelerator, an intense eight-month program, will be offered to the cohorts of 2022–2023. The University of California Riverside Extension will work with them to complete them.


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