To-date, SIA Scotch Whisky has Donated Over $350,000 to Minority Entrepreneurs, Serving to Them Problem Conventions and Obtain the Sudden

NEW YORK, Aug. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SIA Scotch Whisky, an award-winning spirits model based by first-generation Hispanic entrepreneur Carin Luna-Ostaseski, is bringing again The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch for the second consecutive 12 months. The groundbreaking initiative gives entrepreneurs of coloration with entry to the capital and mentorship that may assist them take motion, construct stronger firms and have a constructive impression on their communities.

SIA Scotch Whisky has Donated Over $350,000 to Minority Entrepreneurs

SIA Scotch Whisky has Donated Over $350,000 to Minority Entrepreneurs

This 12 months, the grant program will give attention to rising companies particularly inside the model’s personal world – the meals, beverage, and hospitality sector [1]. This house has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, and its small enterprise homeowners proceed to face large obstacles, corresponding to adapting to customers’ ever-evolving preferences and spending behaviors, adjusting to elevated at-home demand, and going through provide chain disruptions. As a model constructed from the bottom up, SIA Scotch Whisky actually understands the significance of supporting these often-overlooked small enterprise homeowners alongside their entrepreneurial journeys.  

“As an entrepreneur from a traditionally underrepresented and underserved group, having access to funding and mentorship throughout my startup journey was at all times an uphill battle,” stated founder Luna-Ostaseski. “The meals, beverage and hospitality house may be very aggressive, and I do know from firsthand expertise how game-changing help may be. SIA Scotch Whisky was born out of my perseverance and fervour, and to today our objective is to encourage different entrepreneurs of coloration to realize the sudden – identical to I did. I’m so happy with The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund and its continued dedication to paying it ahead.”

Nevertheless, success just isn’t straightforward to return by. Entrepreneurs of coloration are likely to face extra obstacles with regards to elevating capital and are way more more likely to get shut out of financing fully. Regardless of roughly 18.7% of all U.S. companies being minority-owned [2], representing over 50% of latest companies began and creating 4.7 million new jobs, this group continues to be largely excluded in funding – receiving solely a 2% share of enterprise capital yearly over the past decade [3].

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch is impressed by Carin Luna-Ostaseski’s entrepreneurial journey and launches in partnership with Hi there Alice, a free on-line platform that connects its group of practically a million small enterprise homeowners with the capital, instruments and schooling they should develop their companies.

“Entrepreneurs of coloration are an financial pressure within the U.S and recognizing their impression in our communities is of nice significance,” stated Elizabeth Gore, co-founder and President, Hi there Alice. “In our most up-to-date survey, 89% of small enterprise homeowners declare entry to capital is limiting their enterprise development potential. Together with our accomplice SIA Scotch Whisky, we’re excited to proceed this groundbreaking grant program to assist help this underserved group and supply the assets, instruments and extra publicity that these companies have to succeed.”

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch will award $10,000 grants to 11 qualifying entrepreneurs who self-identify as individuals of coloration, for a complete of $110,000. To use, go to now by way of Sept. 26, 2022. To be eligible, enterprise homeowners should be 25 years of age or older (as of November 1, 2022) and a authorized U.S. resident. Companies should be owned 51%+ by individual(s) of coloration, a for-profit enterprise producing lower than $5M in annual gross income, not be an alcohol beverage wholesale or retail license holder or a enterprise which makes/distributes/imports alcohol, and should function and/or conduct enterprise in at the least one of many following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, MA, MN, NJ, NV, NY, RI and/or TX. For full eligibility standards and necessary restrictions, go to the applying web site and phrases & situations. The ultimate grant recipients will probably be introduced on Nov. 1, 2022, kicking off Nationwide Entrepreneur Month.

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund is a continuation of SIA Scotch Whisky’s practically decade-long dedication to donating a portion of gross sales to organizations that assist help underrepresented entrepreneurs – the dreamers, movers and shakers who’re shaping the longer term. When moving into the entrepreneurial spirit or when sipping on precise spirits, SIA encourages customers of authorized consuming age to drink responsibly.

About SIA Scotch Whisky:

SIA is an sudden mix for the fashionable palate and every little thing you’d by no means count on from a scotch whisky. Since its launch on the crowdfunding web site in 2012 and showing on cabinets in 2013, SIA Scotch Whisky has been difficult conventions and galvanizing others to realize the sudden. As one of many first scotch whisky manufacturers in historical past to be launched by a Hispanic entrepreneur, SIA has an approachable style profile that options heat vanilla, salty-sweet caramel, refreshing citrus, clover honey, buttery toffee, and only a trace of smoke. Distilled, blended, matured, and bottled in Scotland, SIA Scotch Whisky is a multi-award-winning model, scoring a formidable 96 factors on the Final Spirits Problem (2016) and a Double Gold on the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competitors (2014) – and known as “top-of-the-line in its fashion” by Whisky Advocate Journal (2015). SIA is scrumptious in cocktails, neat or on the rocks, and is greatest served in locations and areas the place potential is poured and friendships are celebrated. Search for SIA Scotch Whisky on, in addition to in your native liquor shops, eating places, and bars. For extra info observe us on Instagram @SiaScotchWhisky or go to our web site

About Carin Luna-Ostaseski:

In a terrific coincidence, 1st technology Cuban American Carin Luna-Ostaseski got down to create a Scotch Whisky model that may change the way in which individuals take into consideration the class. She determined to hunt these new horizons within the type of a grand tour of her native whisky purveyor – 300 bottles of whiskies and numerous tasting occasions later, she turned a devoted scholar of this elegant spirit. Carin ultimately left her 17-year profession as a Artistic Director and efficiently funded SIA Scotch Whisky on, pursuing her dream of changing into a profitable entrepreneur and one of many first Hispanic individuals in historical past to create a Scotch Whisky firm.

About Diageo:

Diageo is a world chief in beverage alcohol with an impressive assortment of manufacturers together with Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc, and Ketel One vodkas, Casamigos, DeLeon and Don Julio tequilas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Tanqueray, and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on each the New York Inventory Change (NYSE: DEO) and the London Inventory Change (LSE: DGE) and its merchandise are bought in additional than 180 nations world wide. For extra details about Diageo, its individuals, manufacturers, and efficiency, go to Go to Diageo’s world accountable consuming useful resource,, for info, initiatives, and methods to share greatest practices. Observe Twitter and Instagram for information and details about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

About Hi there Alice:

Hi there Alice is a free, multichannel platform that helps companies launch and develop. With a group of practically 1M small enterprise homeowners in all 50 states and throughout the globe, Hi there Alice is constructing the most important community of householders within the nation whereas monitoring information and traits to extend the success charge for entrepreneurs. Our companions embody enterprise enterprise companies, authorities companies, and establishments seeking to serve small- and medium-business homeowners to make sure elevated revenues and promote scale. A Latina owned firm, based by Carolyn Rodz and Elizabeth Gore, we imagine in enterprise for all by offering entry to all homeowners together with ladies, individuals of coloration, veterans, and everybody with an entrepreneurial spirit. To be taught extra, go to, in addition to TwitterLinkedInInstagram, and Fb.

Meals, beverage, and hospitality {industry} consists of companies who supply services and products corresponding to: kitchenware, glassware, barware, cocktail mixers, at-home entertaining/social gathering planning, meals vans, cafes, meals and beverage blogs, recipe curation and extra. Companies which maintain an alcohol beverage wholesale or retail license and people which make/distribute/import alcohol are ineligible. There’s a robust choice for applicant companies to be concerned within the meals, beverage, and hospitality {industry}, however not a requirement.

2 Supply: U.S Census Bureau; Annual Enterprise Survey 2020

3 Supply: Hi there Alice

SIA Scotch Whisky Bottle

SIA Scotch Whisky Bottle

Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Founder of SIA Scotch Whisky

Carin Luna-Ostaseski, Founding father of SIA Scotch Whisky



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