It has been a big summer for Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. In May her first book, #GIRLBOSS came out, which was all about career advice for young women. And now she is taking her campaign to help women in their careers even further with the newly launched GIRLBOSS Foundation.
The gist is, she wants to help you start your own company like she did. The GIRLBOSS Foundation is offering grants to female creatives specializing in design, fashion, music, and the arts. It will award three to five grants per quarter, and each grant beneficiary will receive project funding ranging from $500 to $15,000, as well as exposure through the GIRLBOSS and Nasty Gal websites and social media channels. Sounds pretty awesome, right?
Now before you think I can’t do this, let’s look at Amoruso’s career path. Yes, she now runs a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with over 350 employees, but this gal once dumpster dived for both food and fabulous vintage pieces. She also hitchhiked, shoplifted and dropped out of community college. It wasn’t until she started selling vintage clothes on Ebay that she really hit her stride. And boy did she ever. Eight years later, she is running a million dollar company. Last year, Nasty Gal also began producing its own line of ready-to-wear clothes (which now accounts for 30% of sales), launched a magazine and started a shoe line. And now she has written a book #GIRLBOSS to let others in on her unconventional path to titan of business. As Amoruso told the Wall Street Journal, “I’ve accepted what I have, and I feel like I’ve completely done it on my own terms.”
A quarterly selection committee of Nasty Gal staffers headed up by Amoruso will judge all grant applications based on criteria on their business proposals as well as creativity and innovation, financial need, business acumen, and more.
Find out more about the GIRLBOSS Foundation here and the application selection process here. The latter has all the details surrounding the Foundation calendar: dates for submissions, review period windows, and recipient announcement dates for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.
Just be prepared to work hard. “If you’re a #GIRLBOSS, you should want to work harder than everybody else,” she writes in her book.
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