Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs Celebrates $1 Million Commitment from Fiserv
ATLANTA, GA, December 16, 2021 - The Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE), the largest nonprofit center for Black entrepreneurs and small business owners in the nation, has received a $1 million commitment from Fiserv, Inc. as part of the company’s commitment to supporting financial inclusion and entrepreneurship. Fiserv is a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology solutions with a significant presence in the Atlanta area. The multi-year commitment will fund state-of-the-art technology in the 150-seat Fiserv Symposium event and innovation space, and will help provide entrepreneurship programming through the RICE BIG Ideas Learning Continuum, enabling RICE to continue to grow and fulfill its mission. "Since our very first conversation, Fiserv has been committed to being a catalyst for our community. This contribution is a perfect example of a corporation leaning all the way in and being intentional about how they serve. We thank them for their generosity and their holistic commitment to see the businesses we serve grow and thrive," said James "Jay" Bailey, CEO and President of the Herman J. Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE). “Entrepreneurs help build the foundations of our communities, and organizations like RICE are essential to ensure entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need to grow their ideas into successful businesses,” said Vivian Greentree, head of Global Corporate Citizenship at Fiserv. “From enabling the creation of a dedicated space for innovative work to supporting ongoing programming, we’re proud to support the mission of RICE as part of our commitment to give back to the Atlanta community so many of our associates call home.” The commitment was recognized with a bell-ringing event at RICE on December 14. As part of the event, nine Atlanta small business owners who have benefitted from RICE programming and Fiserv support were recognized. Small business owners included: * Anthony Carroll of Platinum Beer Wine & Spirits * Tony Cruver of Cruvie Clothing * Nadia Fountain of Almond Green LLC * Lorenzo Gordon of Humbl Hustlr * Eva Jane of Eva Jane Beauty (The Makeup Bullet) * L’Angela Lee of Honeysuckle Moon * Evana Oli of Beautiful Curly Me * Sarah Pierre 3 Parks Wine * David Walker of Positivity Water The updated Fiserv Symposium is currently open to the public. RICE will begin its 2022 signature programming, the BIG Ideas Learning Continuum, in February with a goal of reaching 200 entrepreneurs by the end of 2022. RICE describes its dedicated offerings to black entrepreneurs as an economic mobility engine for the community: driving entrepreneurs and small business owners to innovate, grow, create jobs, and build wealth. It houses over 50,000 square feet of convening, meeting, and innovation space in a LEED Silver Certified building, brought to life by a robust offering of educational, networking, mentoring, and capital resources. Part business generator, innovation lab, and museum, RICE invests in Black entrepreneurs, strengthens businesses, and creates community. About Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs RICE The H.J. Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs' (RICE), mission is to inspire and empower Black entrepreneurs. Founded in 2016, to honor the legacy of the late H.J. Russell Sr., RICE is a nonprofit organization that addresses disparities, specifically wealth disparity and economic mobility through entrepreneurship and business ownership in Black and Brown communities. The goal of the center is to address systemic barriers by educating, equipping, and empowering businesses to grow and sustain. Concentrating the best resources in the country for small business growth and development under one roof, RICE is a single destination for moving companies forward. The Russell Center is about providing access to resources, capital, networks, information, education, and guidance. These are essential points of connectivity that are required for businesses to succeed, and yet often are outside the reach of many. For more information about the Center, visit www.russellcenter.org. About Fiserv Fiserv, Inc. (NASDAQ: FISV) aspires to move money and information in a way that moves the world. As a global leader in payments and financial technology, the company helps clients achieve best-in-class results through a commitment to innovation and excellence in areas including account processing and digital banking solutions; card issuer processing and network services; payments; e-commerce; merchant acquiring and processing; and the Clover® cloud-based point-of-sale solution. Fiserv is a member of the S&P 500® Index and the FORTUNE® 500, and is among FORTUNE World’s Most Admired Companies®. Visit fiserv.com and follow on social media for more information and the latest company news.