Initiatives

About AEO’s Capital Access Solutions

TILT Forward Network: The largest, most diverse (and newest) network of CDFI small business loan funds and other nonprofits that work with underserved entrepreneurs in the United States. The network is designed to accelerate identification and adoption of critical innovations in the way that small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs in low-wealth communities access capital and guidance on the path to capital. The network formally launched in May 2016 with 13 inaugural CDFI loan funds. The network continues to grow, including CDFI banks and service providers. Interested in learning more about how your organization can benefit from joining? Click here to learn more. 

DreamFund: DreamFund is an innovative industry utility launched by AEO to increase responsible small business lending in low-wealth communities. DreamFund addresses the gap between demand for and supply of capital in underserved communities by creating value for Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and investors alike. DreamFund creates scale benefits to support lending to small businesses in low-wealth communities. DreamFund’s unique structure mimics the safety and security of a for-profit Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) within a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organization. Interested in learning more? Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Project CUE: AEO won the Treasury Department’s CDFI Fund Innovation Challenge with a proposal to design, build and test a solution to connect small businesses that financial institutions can’t effectively serve to community lenders. AEO has built and launched a referral marketplace that connects small businesses that banks are unable to serve with credit options and “path to capital” services. This scalable, compliant referral marketplace enables financial institutions to serve customers in spite of a decline. As a source of customer leads to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and providers of “path to capital” solutions, the marketplace will radically reduce costs of customer acquisition and assessment. Learn more about Project CUE through our blogs and webinars posted here.