Poshmark a leading social marketplace for new and secondhand style for women, men, kids, pets, home, and more, today announced the inaugural recipients of its Heart & Hustle Community Fund, a newly launched program that awards more than 100 sellers quarterly with the funds and fundamentals to grow their businesses. Poshmark has committed to distributing $500,000 in grants throughout 2021 to sellers who best demonstrate how they use heart and hustle to fuel their Poshmark business and achieve their goals — whether it is making extra money, growing their reach, or scaling their side hustle into something bigger.
“Since day one, our sellers have been the heart of the Poshmark community. Launching our Heart & Hustle Community Fund was an important next step in recognizing, rewarding, and empowering our diverse seller community, especially amidst joblessness and economic uncertainty left in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,”
“We are proud to support the resilient entrepreneurs who make up the vibrant Poshmark community and who every day demonstrate that heart and hustle go hand in hand.”Manish Chandra, Founder & CEO, Poshmark.
Sellers who applied for the Q1 grant cycle ranged in age from 18 to 70 and represented 40 U.S. states and eight Canadian provinces. A total of 142 Q1 recipients were awarded, totaling 12 $5,000 grants and 130 $500 grants. Eligible applications were scored based on the specificity of business goals, commitment to supporting fellow Poshmark users, how they intend to use the grant dollars, and substance of their overall submission, including a personal video testimonial. Final winners were selected by Poshmark’s Executive Advisory Council, including Poshmark founders Manish Chandra, Tracy Sun, Guatam Golwala, and Chetan Pungalia, and Poshmark’s Head of Community, LyAnn Chhay.
Poshmark’s Heart & Hustle Community Fund recipients represent a wide range of sellers — from a daughter balancing a full-time business while caring for her sick mother to a college student paying for tuition with Poshmark earnings, to an artisan expressing their creative talents selling handmade jewelry and face masks. Through Poshmark’s Heart & Hustle Community Fund, these sellers are given an economic boost to help grow their businesses in a variety of ways, whether through investing in new inventory management systems, fulfilling the necessary steps to become an LLC, or paying for dedicated office and storage space to expand their operations.
In addition to economic support, Poshmark will offer various resources to help sellers uplevel their businesses. Each grantee will be invited to join a community network with other grant recipients and Poshmark’s Community Development team to discuss their experiences, get advice, and share progress. They’ll also receive exclusive access to talks, presentations, a toolkit resource curated for each cohort and they’ll gain insight on upcoming Poshmark features.
The next round of applications for the summer (Q2) cohort will open on Jul. 1, 2021. To learn more about Poshmark’s Heart & Hustle Community Fund, including eligibility requirements, visit https://poshmark.com/communityfund, and to learn more about the spring (Q1) winners, visit Poshmark’s The Posh Life blog.
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