MORTAR is encouraging 100 individuals, businesses or organizations to donate any amount from $100 to $1,000 to The Iron Chest Fund. The #100FOR100 CAMPAIGN encourages Cincinnatians of diverse economic backgrounds to support our most promising neighborhood businesses.

The Iron Chest Fund is MORTAR’S newest venture that will help under-resourced entrepreneurs secure start-up funding. We are launching The Iron Chest Fund with the 100 FOR 100 CAMPAIGN.

#100FOR100 is a grassroots campaign that will use the Kiva Zip platform to recruit diverse lenders to CHANGE what “investing in our communities” looks like for non-traditional, under-served entrepreneurs.

The campaign over-subscribed the initial crowdsource effort to raise $10,000. Matching donors jumped in and at present, the fund sits at approximately $50,000.


Michael Hiles

GenX writer, speaker, mentor, C-level digital, & tech business guy. Sold my first website project in 1994. The rest is history. Serial entrepreneur. I work with lots of startups as managing director of Founder Institute Cincinnati. Bourbon, coffee, Legos, things that explode. Husband & daddy.

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