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Investing in Entrepreneurial Diversity for California’s Safety Net

Contract for Services to a USA Organization or Individual for
Research Relevant to the Health Care System in California

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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California Health Care Foundation (CHCF)

Deadline Date:

06/05/20 3:00 PM Pacific Standard Time


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Contract for services to a USA organization or individual for a research project relevant to the health care system in California. The contractor is expected to create a strategic plan to increase the diversity of entrepreneurs in the health technology field. The focus of this effort is racial and ethnic diversity and potentially female entrepreneurs. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

CHCF is committed to diversifying the leadership of health technology companies in its portfolio and would like to explore opportunities to better support women and entrepreneurs of color. The purpose of the fund is to improve access to care for all Californians and 50%, 39.3%, 17.5%, and 6.5% of those Californians are women, Latino, Asian, and Black. While demographic characteristics of a company’s leadership is not determinative, research suggests that perspective matters and that diversity leads to more creative teams and better financial outcomes.CHCF believes that it will have more impact on access to high-quality care if its partners reflect the demographics of the overall Californian population.

Activities expected from the consultant are:

  • Kick-off meeting with CHCF to finalize the objectives, workplan, and deliverables
  • Literature review regarding the lack of persons of color and women in health care business, technology, and entrepreneurship
  • Interviews with field experts including investors, entrepreneurs, CHCF staff, and CHCF Health Innovation Fund advisors
  • Biweekly check-ins with CHCF during the project
  • Interim update to share initial findings, solicit CHCF feedback, and iterate on format of deliverables
  • Final deliverables due by close of project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189967

Number of Grants:

CHCF will select one grantee for the project.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants should include bids consistent with completing all work described, in the range of $60,000.

Term of Contract:

The timeline for the project is negotiable, between two and four months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant does not have to be a health technology company. CHCF is happy to accept an application from any type of organization or individual. That said, it imagines the ideal applicant would have expertise or familiarity with investing, particularly in early-stage companies, and strategies to attract and support diversity entrepreneurs.

Pre-Application Information:

- RFP released: April 24, 2020
- Proposals due: June 5, 2020 no later than 3 PM Pacific Standard Time
- Grant recipient announced: June 26, 2020
- Project begins: July 6, 2020
- Project ends: August 31, 2020

Email proposals to Apryl Rhinehart. Proposals will be acknowledged by a return email within 24 hours. Hard copies will not be accepted.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email proposals, and direct questions about the project or the proposal submission process, to:
Apryl Rhinehart

1438 Webster Street #400
Oakland, CA 94612
Tel: 510.238.1040
Fax: 510.625.9503

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