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 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 America’s largest 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.

Apply by Monday, September 5th at 11:59 PM EST, for the WBENC Women of Color Incubator with Howard University & North Carolina A&T State University.

Upcoming Sessions

  • September 14, 4:30 – 7:00pm EST | Virtual
  • September 21, 4:30 – 7:00pm EST | Virtual
  • September 28, 4:30 – 7:00pm EST | Virtual
  • October 12, 4:30 – 7:00pm EST | Virtual
  • October 19, 4:30 – 7:00pm EST | Virtual
  • October 26, 4:30 – 7:00pm EST | Virtual
  • Howard University Students November 2nd, 5-7pm EST | In-Person
  • NC A&T State University Students November 9th, 5-7pm EST | In-Person

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

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Program Dates

Every Wednesday beginning week of Sept 14 – Nov 9, from 4:30 – 7:00 PM EST.

Class Schedule

Virtual sessions will take place Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:00pm EST.

Weekly virtual coaching sessions/office hours held on Fridays

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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 in addition to an all-expenses paid trip to future WBENC events across the nation.

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

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.
  • The Incubator for each HBCU 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 Howard University or North Carolina A&T State 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.

Class Schedule

Virtual classes will take place Wednesdays from 4:30 – 7:00pm EST

Contact aawasom@wbenc.org for more information.

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