Allen says designers have the desire to create great companies, but they don’t have the mentorship and education opportunities currently available to technical or business founders. The d.fund hopes to fix that by giving designer entrepreneurs access to mentorship by some of world’s most successful designer entrepreneurs. It’s essentially a startup bootcamp.
I love the stress on not just funding good company ideas, but on mentorship programs to ensure that these designers can run their companies properly. This is the kind of stress that should come with that kind of investment. Getting a company well-placed from the start can potentially help build companies that can harness more individual giving over the initial investment period and be less reliant on grants and government support.