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With a gift from Silvana Massolo ’04, College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA), alumni now have the opportunity to apply for grants to invest into their startup or small business, with preference given to minority-owned ventures.

The Silvana Massolo Entrepreneurs Grant is one of only a handful of endowments at FIU that benefit alumni and is the first of its kind at CARTA.

A graduate of CARTA’s mass communications program, Massolo’s mission has long been to help small businesses succeed.

With over 15-years of experience working for major advertising agencies, Massolo launched her own agency in 2017 with the goal of helping businesses establish themselves as leaders within their category and increase sales via cost effective digital and social media marketing.

“The entirety of the investment required to launch my business came out of my pocket,” Massolo said. Those early days are what inspired her to create the grant.

The first Silvana Massolo Entrepreneurs grants are expected to be awarded in Spring 2022. Application information is forthcoming.

If you are interested in supporting FIU alumni entrepreneurs via Silvana’s initiative by making a tax-deductible gift to the Silvana Massolo Entrepreneurs Grant, please give via the form below.

Silvana Massolo