Premier Incubator Program for Women of Color Entrepreneurs at HBCUs

The WBENC Women of Color Incubator is a premier eight-week 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.

Apply by Monday, June 13, 2022, for the WBENC Women of Color Incubator with Howard University & North Carolina A&T State University.

Upcoming Sessions

Howard University | Summer 2022 (Apply by June 13)

NC A&T State University | Summer 2022 (Apply by June 13)

Program Dates

June – August 2022

Class Schedule

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

  • Week 1: June 22
  • Week 2: June 29
  • Week 3: July 6
  • Week 4: July 13
  • Week 5: July 20
  • Week 6: July 27
  • Week 7: August 3
  • Week 8: In-person Demo Day Pitch Competition Celebration
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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 and 2nd 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.

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, have now been invited to participate in the WBENC Collegiate Accelerator program. As part of the Collegiate Accelerator program, they will have 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.

Testimonials

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
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

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Who Should 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 will culminate with a Demo Day Pitch Competition, judged by Corporate Executives, awarding cash seed funding to the 1st and 2nd place winners in addition to an all expenses paid trip to future WBENC events across the nation. 

Eligibility

  • Black female student entrepreneur
  • Current student in good standing at Howard University OR recent graduate of Howard University within the last 12 months
  • 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.

Program Dates

June – August 2022

Class Schedule

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

  • Week 1: June 22
  • Week 2: June 29
  • Week 3: July 6
  • Week 4: July 13
  • Week 5: July 20
  • Week 6: July 27
  • Week 7: August 3
  • Week 8: In-person Demo Day Pitch Competition Celebration

Contact aawasom@wbenc.org for more information.

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