Premier Incubator Program for Women of Color Entrepreneurs at HBCUs

The WBENC Women of Color Incubator is a premier program designed for Black female student entrepreneurs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This incubator provides the next generation of Black women entrepreneurs at Florida A&M University with the resources, community and support they need to strengthen their idea and grow their early-stage ventures.

Students accepted into the incubator will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with subject matter experts from some of the most successful women-owned businesses and Fortune 500 companies. The incubator kicks off with a virtual keynote from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders from Fortune 500 Companies and culminates with a pitch competition awarding winners with $9,000 in seed funding and a chance to receive a summer 2023 paid internship. 

Apply by Monday, September 5th at 11:59 PM EST, for the WBENC Women of Color Incubator with Florida A&M University.

Upcoming Sessions

  • Friday, September 16, 11:00am – 2:00pm EST | In-person at FAMU
  • Friday, October 7, 11:00am – 2:00pm EST | Virtual via Zoom
  • Friday, October 21, 11:00am – 2:00pm EST | In-person at FAMU
  • Friday, December 2, 10:00am – 7:00pm EST | In-person at FAMU

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

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Program Dates

Program debuts with an in-person kick-off session on Friday, September 16 at 11:00 am – 2:00 pm EST.

Class Schedule

Sessions will take place Fridays from 11:00 – 2:00pm EST.

Weekly office hours are available every Friday throughout the program.

Hosted By

Women of Color Incubator Sponsor at Florida A&M University
Women of Color Program Founding Sponsors
Program Details

The Incubator will culminate with a Demo Day Pitch Competition, judged by Corporate Executives, awarding cash seed funding to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. One participant of the incubator program will receive a paid internship for summer 2023.

Upon program completion, graduates will continue their engagement with WBENC via programs such as NextGen, the Collegiate Accelerator Program and continued participation in the Women of Color Program.

Testimonials From Other HBCUs

2021 Howard University Incubator Pitch winner, Mia Thornton, chief executive officer of MainSail Technologies, and the 2021 N.C. A&T Incubator Pitch Winner, Katelyn M. Williams, Founder & CEO of The Curly Scientist, both participated in the WBENC Collegiate Accelerator program. As part of the Collegiate Accelerator program, they had the opportunity to showcase their businesses during a live pitch competition at the 2022 WBENC National Conference in Atlanta, June 7-9, and participate in the two-month Collegiate Accelerator program.

The incubator gave me to tools to get my business up and running with confidence. From the speakers to the activities, I gained so much more insight into the world of entrepreneurship.
Katelyn M. Williams
The Curly Scientist, 2021 NC A&T Incubator 1st place awardee
The featured speakers and member leadership provided a remarkable learning experience for individuals at various places in their entrepreneurial journey. 
Mia Thornton
Mainsail, 2021 Howard Incubator 1st place awardee
Why Participate
  • Learn how to test the viability of your ideas and discover how to transform it to a minimum viable product.
  • Engage in entrepreneurship curriculum taught by subject matter experts from some of the most successful women-owned businesses and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies.
  • WBENC Women of Color Incubator participants at FAMU have an opportunity to receive a summer 2023 paid internship.
  • The Incubator will culminate with a Pitch Competition awarding seed funding prize packages:
    • 1st Place will receive $5,000
    • 2nd Place will receive $3,000
    • 3rd Place will receive $1,000

Eligibility

  • Black female student entrepreneur
  • Current student in good standing OR recent graduate (within 12 months) at Florida A&M University.
  • Have an idea or early-stage venture
  • Ability to participate in all scheduled classes held in Eastern Standard Time. Accepted applicants will be required to attend the entire incubator, inability to attend the entire incubator will result in not being accepted.
  • Completion of the online application, including an essay stating the desire to attend the incubator and how the program would enable you for future growth and success and resume.
  • Applicants are selected on first come, first serve based on their comprehensive application, no one element is weighted more.

Contact aawasom@wbenc.org for more information.

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