We Are Expanding the Community Growth Program + Toolkit in the Heartland!

Join Heartland Forward and our partner, Builders + Backers, to learn more about this exciting expansion across the heartland.

We have commited to raise the funds to support 1,000 builders solving community challenges throughout the middle of the country.


Our entrepreneurs are called Builders!

Join our cohort of entrepreneurs or “Builders” in:

  • Tulsa, OK
  • Oxford, MS
  • Clarksdale, MS
  • Iowa City, Iowa
  • Oklahoma City
  • Joplin, MO
  • Pine Bluff, AR
  • Helena-West Helena, AR
  • Northwest Arkansas
  • Fort Worth Health Cohort
  • Duluth, MN

Why is this important:Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of a local economy. All of us have ideas but don’t necessarily see ourselves as an entrepreneur. This new modernized approach to entrepreneurship provides an opportunity to take an idea and put it into action to see if it will work – and maybe even scale, at no cost.

Drilling down further:Builders are supported with a $5,000 Pebble Grant to test their ideas and are mentored by Master Builders throughout the program.

Get in touch with us today to receive information on how to bring the CGPT to your community:


Over the past year, Heartland Forward and Builders + Backers have used this new approach to problem solving to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and action across the heartland. Since May 2021, we have supported 65 Builders to launch their ideas and solve community challenges.

Our goal is to inspire more people to see themselves as entrepreneurs, equip them to create new ventures and solve problems.

Want to support this program and our Builders?

The program delivers four things
  1. idea accelerator
  2. pebble fund
  3. storytelling program
  4. buildership workshop



Our mission is to improve the economic performance in the center of the united states by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, knowledge-based and inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes.