2015 Student Entrepreneur Program Recap

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During their week in Austin, the 2015 Student Entrepreneur Program students, along with their Corporate Mentors and WBE Supporters, visited venture capital offices in Austin, including Techstars and Capital Factory, as well as the IBM Innovation and T3 corporate campuses.  View the Schedule-at-glance for details.


Students & Pitch Competition Winners

Students:  The 2015 Student Entrepreneur Program (SEP) cohort featured 22 students with diverse industry and geographical backgrounds, as well as impressive representative racial diversity, including students who identify as Black or African American; Asian or Pacific Islander; Hispanic or Latina; or Caucasian.  WBENC also broadened the application pool in 2015 from the former focus on STEM to include the Arts, including creativity and design.

Pitch Competition Winners:  Click here to view the current and previous Pitch Competition Winners.


Corporate Mentors & WBE Supporters

Each cohort member had the opportunity to be paired with a WBENC-Certified WBE mentor and a Fortune 500 Corporate Member. The students used the time to learn more about building their brand and understanding the WBENC community.

Students also met with Women's Business Enterprises (WBEs) to learn about entrepreneurial marketing strategies and finance.

“Let’s collaborate to connect tomorrow’s WBE innovators with today’s leading corporations, better positioning suppliers to develop solutions for future industry challenges.”

— Debra C. Stewart, Director, Supplier Diversity & Diversity Outreach, Shell Oil Company

Awards Program

The program culminated on Thursday, June 25, with a pitch competition with $10,000 in prizes awarded in seed capital. Of the 22 young women in the cohort, 10 chose to pitch their ideas to the panel of judges, comprised of Pamela Prince-Eason, WBENC President and CEO; Benita Fortner, WBENC Board Chair and Director, Supplier Diversity, Raytheon Company; and angel investors Jason Seats and Gordon Daugherty.

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Click here to read the article in the August 2015 edition of the WBENC President's Report.

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2015 Participating Universities & Colleges

We hope you will join us!

Click here to view a list of all participating colleges and universities.

2015 SEP Pictorial Recap

Sponsors, Supporters, Mentors and Partners