OUR MISSION

Supporting POC female-identifying founders who are changing the hospitality industry for the better.

The Hospitable Bridge accelerator studio was founded to support POC female-identifying founders within the first few years of launching their businesses. Most startups fail within two years, and women-owned businesses—especially POC women-owned businesses—do not always get the necessary funding nor support in these early critical stages.

OUR PILLARS

Diversity

Weaving distinctly-female and culturally-diverse perspectives and leadership into everyday⁠ business operations.⁠⁠

Collaboration

Working in collaboration with founders and AvroKO World to ensure our Ventures become powerhouse influences in the hospitality industry of the future.⁠

Sustainability

Helping women build sustainable businesses, with sustainable cultures and practices.⁠

THE PROBLEM

Currently, women-owned businesses are less likely to survive, despite evidence that their startups are often highly profitable. POC women-owned businesses are even less likely to survive.

7%

of top VC partners worldwide are women

< 2%

of all venture capital funding goes to women

10%

higher revenue over a 5 year period for female-founded vs. male-founded startups

0.006%

of all venture funding goes to women of color

$935,000

average investment in women founders, compared to $2.1 million average for men

So we asked ourselves, how can we support women entrepreneurs?

THE OPPORTUNITY

01 /

To support POC female-identifying entrepreneurs who are improving the hospitality industry with both the monetary and human capital needed for success.

02 /

To mentor and guide these entrepreneurs through the critical, early early stages of their Venture, aiding in the growth and development of both the founder and the business.

OUR HOW

Through our program and support, we provide our Ventures access to:

1:1

Woman-to-Woman
Mentorship

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Seed
Investment

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Access to Hospitality-
based Pipelines

OUR PROGRAMS

Our programs are designed to build bridges to resource and opportunity and are offered at different levels in order to best serve the needs of our Ventures.

12-Month Intensive

Our program designed to help POC female-identifying founders launch their business and secure their place in the market, supported through a 12-month plan.

ACCESSIBLE Support

Our programs rely on direct 1:1 connection, mentorship, and support with our Ventures. We’re back pocket and are ready to help on the other side of a text, call, or cup of coffee.

Micro Grants

Smaller micro-bursts of economic support to give businesses and initiatives we believe in a boost to do even more good.

ABOUT AVROKO WORLD

AvroKO World has established a new paradigm in the hospitality industry, encompassing a multitude of disciplines while creating uniquely-compelling and remarkably-engaging interiors, brands, strategies, and products.

Since its launch in 2001, AvroKO World has earned reputation as one of the most innovative companies in the hospitality industry, due in large part to the group’s legendary storytelling through design and its focus on creating emotionally-connected experiences.

In the past 20 years, the firm has grown to four AvroKO Design offices, developed Brand Bureau, a branding and strategy agency operating in four cities globally, launched over dozen owned and licensed bars and restaurants through AvroKO Hospitality Group, and created Goodshop, a furniture and lighting manufactory designing custom products for the hospitality world.

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