Business Accelerator for Collegiate Female Founders and Recent Graduates

The WBENC Collegiate Accelerator, previously the WBENC Student Entrepreneur Program, is a premier startup program that fosters growth for the next generation of female founders and women-owned businessesWBENC is proud to invest in the next generation of Women’s Business Enterprises through the support of WBENC Corporate and Government Members.  

Apply now through Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.

PROGRAM DATES

May – July 2021 *

*The NextGen Pitch Intensive continues August – September 2021

LOCATION

Virtual

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Program Details

Aspiring collegiate female entrepreneurs (or recent graduates) accepted into the WBENC Collegiate Accelerator will learn to grow and scale their businesses through tailored entrepreneurship curriculum, focused on the fundaments of growth, access to capital, marketing, business strategy, and leadership. They receive mentoring from some of the most successful women-owned businesses and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies, while also participating in a virtual showcase of their product or service to WBENC Corporate Members, a pitch competition, and join an alumni community of over 200 female founders. In addition, three $5,000 Innovation Grants will be awarded to the most disruptive and innovative businesses. 

Tailored Curriculum

The WBENC Collegiate Accelerator helps start-ups grow and scale their business through a tailored education curriculum focused on the fundaments of growth, access to capital, marketing, business strategy, and leadership.

Mentorship

Participants in the Collegiate Accelerator receive mentoring from some of the most successful women-owned businesses and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies. 

Demo Day Showcase

The WBENC Collegiate Accelerator provides an opportunity for students to virtually present their businesses and products to WBENC Corporate Members during the Demo Day Showcase. As part of Demo Day, three $5,000 Innovation Grants will be awarded to the most disruptive and innovative businesses.

NextGen Pitch Intensive

Collegiate Accelerator participants have access to the NextGen Pitch Intensive, a pitch competition for NextGen female founders.

So many incredible connections were made at WBENC that I don’t even know where to begin to describe the experience! There is nothing short of support from every individual you meet.
Kat Samardzija
Founder, Locker Lifestyle
This was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded women, socially responsible corporations, and more! I was able to learn how to better pitch my business and got feedback on next steps. I was also able to align myself with WBENC who like me, is invested in promoting diversity and innovation, opening doors for others and fueling the economy. Thank you WBENC and sponsors for this major opportunity!
Leyanis Diaz
Founder, Major Marketplace
This program was the best possible decision I could have made to further my business and personal growth. My expectations were blown away, and life-long connections were formed! I will be recommending SEP to everyone I can!
Shelby Baldwin
Founder, Rocketing Media
Who Should Apply

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicant must be enrolled at a recognized College or University or a recent graduate within the last 12mo. 
  • Applicants must be about to participate in program held in EST 
  • Applicant must be an owner, founder, or controlling shareholder of a company that has been operating for at least 3 months but does not have to be generating revenue.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to U.S. citizens 
  • Preference will be given to students studying or with a venture in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) 

Application Criteria

  • Written application, including an essay stating the desire to attend the program and how the program would enable you for future growth and success. 
  • Resume 
  • One-minute video elevator pitch about your venture

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants may be selected for a phone interview. 
  • Applicants are selected based on their comprehensive application, no one element is weighted more. 
  • Students will be required to attend the entire program, inability to attend the entire program will result in not being accepted. 
How to Apply

The WBENC Collegiate Accelerator is accepting applications now through Monday, May 10, 2021 at 11:59pm PT.

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Please contact us at NextGen@wbenc.org with any questions.

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Tuition & Fees

Through the support of WBENC Corporate and Government Members, WBENC is able to provide the Collegiate Accelerator free of charge for all students accepted into the program. Travel, lodging, and expenses will be covered for the program.* 

 

*2021 program will be held virtually. 

Participating Colleges & Universities

More than 100+ colleges and universities across the U.S. have helped identify prospective students for SEP. Join us!  Contact us at NextGen@wbenc.org for details on how you can get involved.