Zane Venture Fund
2 min readJun 14, 2023


Zane Access Collaborates with AARP to Support Women Entrepreneurs
in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Zane Access, an Atlanta nonprofit designed to help entrepreneurs of color obtain resources to grow their businesses, received support from AARP to help advance programs that provide education, mentorship, and networking opportunities for early-stage founders to help their businesses succeed.

Support from AARP will help fund Zane Access’s biannual “Access Capital Readiness” events this summer and fall, including “Women Founder” networking events, the “Scholars-in-Residence” summer intern program, and quarterly “Entrepreneurial Education” programs. The grant will also provide support for three women founders of color, age 45 and older who are making a career change and starting their businesses.

“AARP’s financial support for Zane Access underscores their commitment to help eliminate some of the disparities women and people of color have faced historically, which has limited their ability to form and grow businesses and build generational wealth,” said Shila Nieves Burney, founder, and CEO of Zane Access and Zane Venture Fund. “We appreciate and value their support.”

The Atlanta-based venture capital fund and nonprofit component impact Georgia and the Southeast by helping entrepreneurs with solid business plans eliminate barriers, gain the needed knowledge, and connect with investors to grow and sustain their companies.

“AARP is committed to helping older entrepreneurs gain access to the resources and capital they need to be successful,” said Felicia Brown, Senior Advisor at AARP. “That’s one of the many reasons we’re proud to be working with Zane Access to support the growth and development of underrepresented entrepreneurs and build wealth through business ownership.”

AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to the more than 100 million Americans 50-plus and their families: health security, financial stability and personal fulfillment.

For more information about Zane Access or upcoming Cohorts visit

For more information about AARP’s Small Business Resource Center, visit




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