2016 Student Entrepreneur Program


The 2016 SEP cohort was one of our brightest, most ambitious and successful group. The program was hosted June 19–24 in Orlando, Florida, where students participated in tailored entrepreneur curriculum, received one-on-one mentoring from the most successful Women Owned Businesses and America’s largest Fortune 500 companies and had the opportunity to participate in a live pitch competition awarding $10,000 at WBENC’s National Conference & Business Fair.

The 2016 curriculum covered the following topics:

  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business What does it all mean?
  • Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship and Opportunity
  • Marketing for Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurial Finance
  • Managing a Growing Business
  • Guest Speakers Series


WBENC SEP 2016 Impact

SEP 2016 included 20 participants:

  • 19 students from 16 colleges and universities across the United States and 1 SEP Alum, the 2015 SEP 2nd Place Pitch Competition Winner
  • 16 WBENC Corporate Member mentors
  • 17 WBE mentors

15 Students Participated in the EY Pitch Competition

3 Winners (1st Place $5,000, 2nd Place $3,000, 3rd Place $2,000). (Read more about the Pitch Competition winners in the WBENC blog, or click here to view previous Pitch Competition Winners.)

1st Place:  Ya-El Mandel-Portnoy, PhD Candidate, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

CARDEA SCIENCES is developing a novel heart monitor to risk-stratify patients with Atrial Fibrillation earlier in the course of the disease based on hemodynamic effect.

2nd Place: Mona Amin, Sophomore, East Carolina University

Freshspire is a mobile application that connects consumers in real-time to local grocer markdowns. Our mission is to increase accessibility to nutritious foods, help grocers capitalize on lost revenue, and reduce food waste.

3rd Place: Emily Bocchino, Junior, Florida State University

Campus Thrift is an online thrift store for college kids to buy and sell used goods.

14 speakers shared insights on Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Marketing for Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurial Finance, Growth, Women’s Leadership, and Supply Chain among other topics. 

6 Orlando based accelerators and companies hosted WBENC SEP for off-site visits including; Iron Gate, Canvs, Starter Studio, FireSpring Fund, WeVenture, and the FedEx Sorting Facility.

Corporate & WBE Mentors

Mentors assisted students in their pitch competition preparation and supported students as they began to launch their business ventures.

2016 Corporate Mentors:

  • Allstate Insurance Co.
  • Avis Budget Group
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • CVS Health
  • Ericsson
  • ExxonMobil
  • EY
  • FedEx
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Motorola Solutions
  • Raytheon Company
  • The Kroger Co.
  • UPS
  • USPS

2016 WBE Mentors

  • A10 Clinical Solutions, Inc.
  • Banneker Industries, Inc.
  • Communique USA, Inc.
  • Delta Personnel, Inc.
  • Eagle Consulting
  • Guy Brown Products
  • Highroad Press
  • Hired by Matrix, Inc
  • Intermodal Support Services, Inc.
  • JURISolutions
  • New Normal Life
  • Muffin Mam Inc
  • Ragozzino Foods, Inc.
  • Shea Writing and Training Solutions, Inc. 
  • Soft Stuff Distributors
  • Techway Services, Inc.
  • The DW Group
  • Whitsell Innovations, Inc.

Participating Universities
& Colleges

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

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 2016 SEP Slide Show

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