The new program aims to bridge the gap in resources needed for diverse groups to succeed.

License Global

November 19, 2020

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As part of its efforts to help its members and the broader licensing community build diverse and inclusive workplaces, Licensing International has unveiled a new Accelerator Program aimed at bridging the gap between underrepresented, diverse entrepreneurs and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies within the licensing industry.

The Diversity & Inclusion Accelerator Program was developed by Licensing International’s IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility) Committee a group of high-level executives from across the global brand licensing industry working to advance this cause and conversation.

 “We have always been committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest from all backgrounds to our incredible industry,” says Maura Regan, president, Licensing International. “The findings of our study of diversity in the licensing community – conducted by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount St. Mary’s University and released back in August – made it clear that there is still much work to be done in this regard, and our Accelerator Program is another important vehicle to continue creating meaningful change.” 

Companies chosen to participate in the Accelerator Program will receive benefits valued at more than $100,000 including monthly mentoring meetings with industry leaders, enrollment in the Coursework in Licensing Studies professional certification program and a one-year Licensing International membership.

To be considered, companies:

  • Must be in the brand licensing business;

  • Can be for-profit or non-profit; and

  • Have applicants that are diverse (whether along the lines of race, gender, sexual orientation, age or physical attributes)

Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2021, and the 2021 Accelerator Program Cohort will be announced the week of May 24, 2021.

To learn more about the Licensing International Diversity & Inclusion Accelerator Program and apply click here.

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