The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange


The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange is a community-grounded accelerator program supporting BIPOC media entrepreneurs through training, one-on-one coaching, and grantmaking.

The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange focuses on the urgent need and opportunity to support and advance more media entrepreneurs of color to ensure communities prosper and news businesses thrive and grow sustainably on their own terms.

The Founders Exchange launched in March 2022, and over the duration of the five-month program, the Founders Exchange entrepreneurs received training on operations, revenue and monetization, and marketing and branding to help them build profitable and sustainable media businesses. They also each received a $10,000 grant, the opportunity to apply for follow-on grant support, and professional coaching to support their entrepreneurial efforts.

The Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange is supported by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism, The Knight-Lenfest Local News Transformation Fund, and the Independence Public Media Foundation. Its programming is developed and led by co-op Zebras Unite in partnership with Black & Brown Founders.


Meet the 2022 Philadelphia Media Founders Exchange Entrepreneurs

Sofiya Abena Ballin

Joshua Meekins

Jean-Pierre Brice

Indah Nuritasari

Alex Lewis

Sheila Quintana Aguilar

Shameka Sawyer

Kristal Sotomayor

Lauren Settles

Anis Taylor

Kaia Niambi Shivers