What Does $1,000 in Seed Capital Buy? Emerging Lessons from the SET Program’s Offer of Microgrants for Business Start-Ups

Self-Employment Training Demonstration Implementation Brief
Publisher: Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Jun 30, 2016
Mary Anne Anderson, Samia Amin, Irma Perez-Johnson, and Caroline Massad Francis
This brief presents early findings on the implementation of the seed capital microgrants from the program’s start in July 2013, through April 2015. Our assessment draws on data from the SET management information system (MIS), site visits, calls with providers, and case study interviews with 12 SET participants. Because the SET program is still ongoing, the qualitative findings in this brief are preliminary and based on a partial sample of program participants. The study’s final report in 2018 will include data from a follow-up survey with the full sample of SET participants, causal results from the impact assessment of the program, and updated implementation results.