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Supporting women-owned businesses
impacted by Covid-19 and the She-cession, helping them to not only survive but THRIVE.

75 Fellowships Awarded
Across 35 Cities / 5 Countries
75% Awarded to Women of Color 

What We're About

Covid-19 has eliminated more than 25% of women-owned businesses in the United States. That percentage increases to more than 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 Verizon x Luminary Fellowship Program is supporting businesses owned or founded by women by awarding a total of 75 fellowships. 

The program gives Verizon Fellows access to Luminary’s extensive global community, introductions, workshops, coaching, mentoring and business marketplace, The Luminary Collective. Fellows also receive best-in-class thought leadership, opportunities and insights from our partner Verizon.

[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 Owned Business (at least 50%) or a Woman Founded Business.
* You must be at least 18 years of age or older to apply. 
* Only one application per business.
* Existing Luminary Members as of 10/1/2020 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

Want to attend the finals virtually on October 28?


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.