Here’s Your Opportunity to Apply for Business Mentorship for Your Brand

The Flourish & Thrive Academy

BIPOC* Mentorship Program

A mentorship program for 6 ambitious designers, makers, and artists who seek to grow their sales and set their businesses up for success.

We’re hosting a contest for aspiring and established BIPOC* jewelry and creative product brands. We’ll be offering $37,000 in scholarships and mentorship to our programs for exceptional talent ready to take their business to the next level and an opportunity to win a $5,000 cash investment in your business.

Applications are open through January 1, 2021.

Flourish & Thrive Academy
Mentorships Include:



Two Scholarships for Start Up Brands to Our Laying the Foundation Program (Valued at $2000 Each)



Two Scholarships for Rising Brands to Our Momentum Accelerate Program for One Year (Valued at $6000 Each)



One Scholarship for an Established Brand Ready to Scale to Our Momentum Elevate Program for One Year (Valued at $12,000 Each)



Yearlong Mentorship and Monthly Coaching in the areas of storytelling, digital marketing, e-commerce, and operational efficiencies (Valued $7,000)



Accountability to help with implementation and growth. This is a competitive mentorship program and the participants will be required to hit certain milestones as a requirement for participation.



A final competition to win a $5000 grant (aka cash infusion) into your business for new marketing objectives, collection development, and growth initiatives.

Are you (or someone you know) ready to hit new milestones, implement our proven system, and take your business to new heights with solid systems to scale?

If that’s a HECK Yes!


My website is one that I am proud of because of what I’ve learned. I am learning more about how to drive traffic to the site. It is a work in progress, but I know I’ll get there with the encouragement and support of this community.

Candace Stribling,
Candace Stribling Jewelry

what the application process looks like:

  • Submit your Phase 1 application by January 1, 2021
  • You’ll be notified by January 7, 2021 if we will or will not be invited to participate in Phase 2 of the process. 
  • Phase 2 will include a second round of questions (submitted by January 21, 2021) and a team interview Tracy, the Chief Visionary Officer and Gwynne, the Director of Coaching, Programs, and Momentum. (Interviews to be conducted by January 28, 2021)
  • We’ll notify those chosen as scholarship recipients by February 1, 2021 with a projected program start date of February 5, 2021.

Before joining Laying the Foundation, my business was directionless, expensive, and not turning a profit. I was referred to Flourish & Thrive Academy by a friend in my stone setting class. Even though my sales were slow, I was determined to invest in the program. After taking LTF and applying what I’ve learned, I launched my e-commerce website and I’m selling out of my collections every season.

Andrea Li,

What we expect from scholarship recipients:

While Flourish and Thrive Academy programs are largely self paced, we find that those who get the most results show up and do the work. We will support those awarded with a scholarship to be sure they are moving along in the program content. To keep your scholarship, we will require scholarship recipients to stay on track with key milestones. 

These milestones include:

  • Monthly implementation and assignments
  • Monthly check ins with mentors
  • Attend Q&A calls and group calls
  • Hit implementation milestones - (meaning you'll do the work in the program and implement it in your business)

Are you in? Submit your application by January 1, 2021.


I ended my year within $1000 gross sales of the previous year while taking back all of my weekends. Plus, instead of spending my weekends at markets, I focused on my website and it ROCKED this year! Instead of 3 web sales a month in the $60-$100 range, I averaged 3 web sales a day in the $300-600 range during the holidays!

Karina Harris,
Waffles and Honey

Note from our Founder:

Flourish & Thrive Academy was founded on the principles of community and collaboration over competition. As we strive to create more inclusion in the jewelry and creative product space, we are here to support designers, makers, and brands who genuinely could use a little financial help to grow their business.

The Mentorship Program is specifically designed for talented artists who are ambitious, motivated, and committed to their success. Since this is a competitive scholarship, you will be required to keep up with specific milestones in order to participate. We do this because we want to ensure that participating in this program will help you grow your business at the end of the mentorship.

You’ll have an opportunity to compete with 5 other people to win a grant for $5,000 at the end of the mentorship to use for growth initiatives.

My success team and I are so excited to mentor you!

xo, Tracy Matthews
Chief Visionary Officer of Flourish & Thrive Academy


*BIPOC is an acronym for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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