PDFF Receives $200,000 Grant from Barclays

Grant builds on the $100,000 Barclays committed to launch the Foundation’s Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3) last year

WILMINGTON, Del. (June 10, 2021) – The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation has received an additional $200,000 from Barclays US Consumer Bank to support the statewide expansion of the Foundation’s Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3). As part of the grant, $50,000 will be allocated to fund a comprehensive research study on Black and Brown entrepreneurs and their economic impact in Delaware.

Developed through an initial $100,000 grant from Barclays and in partnership with the Wilmington Alliance, E3 was launched in March 2020 to help entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses by providing a process where experienced advisors create a clear, supportive, and sustainable pathway to success, that includes a comprehensive support structure for the entrepreneur. 

“Through our citizenship and CRA activities, Barclays is steadfastly committed to building deep ties into the communities where we live and work,” said Adam Ahmad, Community Reinvestment Act Relationship Manager, Barclays US Consumer Bank. “We view the E3 initiative as a unique opportunity for Barclays to have a positive impact on the community by building a more equitable ecosystem for diverse entrepreneurs and giving them the tools they need to succeed.” 

Through E3’s Statewide and Regional Committees, a team of experts work together to identify, vet, and incubate small businesses, with an emphasis on supporting Black and Brown entrepreneurs. E3 complements and works in tandem with the Foundation’s Reinventing Delaware program to create conditions for successful entrepreneurs and innovators across all communities. 

With the successful completion of the Foundation’s E3 pilot in Wilmington and the launch of the E3 pilot in Dover, Barclays is further investing in the program to support its statewide expansion. Additionally, the Foundation has just wrapped up its first open application cycle in New Castle County. Businesses selected to move forward will be announced by the end of June. 

Barclays’ support for this program is part of its Citizenship strategy focused on employability and helping businesses create jobs, as well as the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) plan. 

For more information about E3, visit www.petedupontfreedomfoundation.org.


About the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation
The Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring to life bold and innovative ideas that create jobs and make Delaware a better place to live, work and raise a family. The Foundation is committed to carrying out the legacy of the late former Governor Pete du Pont by focusing on the opportunities for success in Delaware. To learn more, visit www.petedupontfreedomfoundation.org


About Barclays
Barclays U.S. Consumer Bank is a leading co-branded credit card issuer and financial services partner in the United States that creates highly customized programs to drive customer loyalty and engagement for some of the country’s most successful travel, entertainment, retail and affinity institutions. The bank offers co-branded credit cards, small business credit cards, installment loans, POS Finance, online savings accounts, and CDs. For more information, please visit www.BarclaysUS.com

Barclays is a British universal bank.  We are diversified by business, by different types of customer and client, and geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group. For further information about Barclays, please visit www.Barclays.com.



Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation Media Contact

Stephanie Johnnie




Barclays Media Contact

George Caudill


E3 Open Application Cycle is Now Open for New Castle County Entrepreneurs

Following a successful pilot, the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation, in partnership with Wilmington Alliance, is accepting applications for the next round of entrepreneurs in New Castle County, through the Foundation’s Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (E3), supported by Barclays.  Entrepreneurs eager to take their business to the next level can apply to receive support and financial resources towards their business growth. 

E3, launched in March of 2020, was designed to create an equitable landscape for all businesses to succeed.  In the E3 pilot, three small businesses, NERDiT Now, Kpelle Designs, and Spekciton Biosciences, were selected to receive customized business coaching along with a comprehensive wrap around service plan to accelerate their business. 

E3 enables entrepreneurs to engage with experienced, knowledgeable experts from public and private sectors to help build and boost their businesses.  Through E3, statewide leaders come together to vet, incubate, and accelerate Delaware small businesses, with an emphasis on supporting Black and brown business owners.

Those selected will receive support within the five key entrepreneurial lifecycle focus areas:

  1. Coaching and Business Planning
  2. Marketing and Promotion
  3. Information Technology and Infrastructure
  4. Space Planning and Design
  5. Access to Funding Sources

Applications for the next New Castle County cohort will be accepted from May 1, 2021 through May 14, 2021.  An informational webinar will be held on May 10, 2021 from 12:00-1:00 pm for anyone who may have additional questions.  Click Here to register for the webinar.  Applications will be reviewed by a Statewide Advisory Committee composed of PDFF Board Members, regional leaders, funders, and successful minority business owners. Those selected will be notified by May 30, 2021. 

CLICK HERE to access the E3 application for New Castle County Entrepreneurs

Additionally, the Pete du Pont Freedom Foundation is actively recruiting entrepreneurial service providers, consultants, and vendors to join our network.  These vendors will have the opportunity to work with E3 entrepreneurs across New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties, at various levels of support.  Specialties must include at least one of the five key entrepreneurial focus areas.  Click Here to apply, or contact Stephanie Johnnie at stephanie@petedupontfreedomfoundation.org to learn more. 

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