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Lupe Fiasco launches Neighborhood Start Fund nonprofit

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Lupe Fiasco wants to give the neighborhood a makeover.

The Chicago rapper has teamed up with Waze entrepreneur Di-Ann Eisnor to launch Neighborhood Start Fund, a nonprofit that aims to “turn ideas into start-ups” by giving guidance and resources to entrepreneurs from underserved areas. 

They’ll travel to neighborhoods across the country to host “idea competitions,” where people pitch their ideas to judges from food, retail, entertainment, and technology industries. Winners from the first competition — in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brownsville — will be given $5,000 to turn their ideas into prototypes. Their end game? “We want to turn every neighborhood fund into a local micro-economic engine,” a statement on the fund’s website reads. 

Find out more at Neighborhood Start Fund’s website.