What Does $1,000 in Seed Capital Buy? Emerging Lessons from the SET Program’s Offer of Microgrants for Business Start-Ups

What Does $1,000 in Seed Capital Buy? Emerging Lessons from the SET Program’s Offer of Microgrants for Business Start-Ups

Self-Employment Training Demonstration Implementation Brief
Published: Jun 30, 2016
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
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Self-Employment Training Demonstration

Time frame: 2012-2018

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U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

Authors

Samia Amin

Irma Perez-Johnson

Caroline Massad Francis

This brief presents early findings on the implementation of the seed capital microgrants from the program’s start in July 2013, through April 2015. Our assessment draws on data from the SET management information system (MIS), site visits, calls with providers, and case study interviews with 12 SET participants. Because the SET program is still ongoing, the qualitative findings in this brief are preliminary and based on a partial sample of program participants. The study’s final report in 2018 will include data from a follow-up survey with the full sample of SET participants, causal results from the impact assessment of the program, and updated implementation results.

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