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Helping Women of Color Owned Businesses
impacted by Covid-19 
REBUILD, MANAGE, and GROW their companies. 

75 Fellowships Awarded
Across 39 Cities / 5 Countries
100% Awarded to Women of Color

What We're ALL About

Covid-19 has eliminated more than 25% of women-owned businesses in the United States. That percentage increases to 40% for women of color owned businesses.[1] Prior to the pandemic, women-owned businesses were growing at a rate of roughly 1,800 per day, of which 89% were started by women of color.[1] 

The UBS x Luminary Fellowship Program is supporting businesses owned or founded by women of color by awarding a total of 75 fellowships. 


The program gives Fellows access to Luminary’s extensive global community, introductions, workshops, coaching, mentoring and business marketplace for growth. Fellows will also receive best-in-class thought leadership and insights from UBS, with specific support from the UBS Business Owner’s and Strategic Women’s Client Segments, including access to the extensive resources of the UBS Business Owner Resilience Center and the UBS Own Your Worth platform and accompanying Financial Participation educational content for women.


Through this partnership, Luminary has provided
75 women of color business owners with full Luminary Memberships.

[1] https://siepr.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/20-022.pdf

[1] https://siepr.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/publications/20-022.pdf

*Luminary prioritizes our Community’s health & safety. Click here to learn how we’ve navigated new standards in our physical space due to Covid-19.

* You must be a Woman of Color Owned Business (at least 51%) or a Woman of Color Founded Business.
* You must be at least 18 years of age or older to apply. 
* Only one application per business will be reviewed.
* Existing Luminary Members as of 9/1/2020 were not eligible to apply.

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Shermin Lakha


Laura Mignott

CEO, DFlash
Host, The Reset

Deb Boulanger

President, The Great Do-Over Inc

Melissa Mitchner

Founder & CEO of The Bark Shoppe

Tina Yip

Director of Marketing & Culture at Berlin Cameron

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Past Winners:

The Bark Shoppe

The Bark Shoppe is New York’s premier pet care facility. Fostering great relationships between pets and their owners. Their products, services and recommendations are based on the expertise of leading pet care professionals with your pets individual needs in mind. 

Mommy matters

Saving Mothers empowers women in resource-limited settings by training their local medical providers, bringing lifesaving medical technologies to rural hospitals and clinics, and providing reproductive health education.