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 will culminate with a Pitch Competition awarding a thousand dollars in seed capital and the opportunity to attend WBENC’s National Conference & Business Fair in Denver, CO for FREE to access a network of 4,000+ attendees.
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.
The Incubator at WOC Incubator at University of Maryland Eastern Shore will culminate with a Pitch Competition awarding seed funding prize packages:
WOC Championship Winner will receive $25,000
1st Place will receive $1,000
2nd Place will receive $500
All Pitch Participants: $100
Every scholar that pitches in the Pitch Competition will receive a cash prize.
Session 1: Fri, Sep 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
- Kickoff & Design Thinking – Ideate | On UMES Campus
Session 2: Fri, Oct 6, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
- Design Thinking – Ideate & Intro to BMC | Virtual via Zoom
Session 3: Fri, Oct 20, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
- Business Model Canvas Development | On UMES Campus
Session 4: Fri, Oct 27, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST
- Business Cost Structure & Pitch Training | Virtual via Zoom
Session 5: Fri, Nov 10, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM EST
- UMES Pitch Competition | On UMES Campus
Applications are open!
Applications close Sunday, September 17, 2023, at 11:59pm EST
September – December
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Campus