2017 Student Entrepreneur Program



The 2017 SEP cohort included an incredible group of new prospective female founders and SEP alumnae from past years to celebrate WBENC’s 20th Anniversary. The program was hosted June 18–23 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where students participated in tailored entrepreneur curriculum, received one-on-one mentoring from some of 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 $20,000 at WBENC’s National Conference & Business Fair.

The 2017 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 2017 Impact

SEP 2017 included 30 participants:

  • 20 students from 17 colleges and universities across the United States and 10 SEP Alumnae Advisory who still own and lead their companies in celebration of WBENC’s 20th Anniversary

  • 13 WBENC Corporate Member mentors

  • 13 WBE mentors

18 Students Participated in the EY Pitch Competition

3 Winners (1st Place $10,000, 2nd Place $6,000, 3rd Place $4,000). (Read more about the Pitch Competition winners in the WBENC blog, or click here to view previous Pitch Competition Winners.)

1st Place:  Carissa Anderson, Senior, Hofstra University

FLARE creates a platform for underrepresented consumers to conveniently schedule, book, and pay for services by hair professionals, and for professionals to increase clientele and manage booking.

2nd Place: Alex Coren, Senior, University of Miami

Wambi is a digital platform where patients can be heard through leaving anonymous reviews of their providers and providers can receive recognition.

3rd Place: Isis Ashford, Senior, Prairie View A&M University

Xplosion works to help athletes who want to improve, but are not sure how to train differently. Through the use of a mobile app and wearable sensors, Xplosion empowers athletes to reach their full potential through their own performance data.

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

8 Las Vegas based companies and accelerators shared insights and hosted WBENC SEP for off-site visits including; RedFlint, Valor CSR, UNLV, Bongiovi Law Firm, MentalHappy, Barlow Douglas & Hall CPAS, RevUnit, and Tech.Co.


Corporate & WBE Mentors

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

2017 Corporate Mentors:

  • Allstate Insurance Co

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Dell Technologies

  • Ericsson

  • ExxonMobil

  • EY

  • FedEx

  • Macy's

  • Merck

  • Pfizer

  • Shell Oil Company

  • United States Postal Service

  • Walmart

2017 WBE Mentors

  • Corporate Fitness Works

  • Delta Personnel, Inc.

  • The DW Group

  • Guy Brown Products

  • Innolect Inc.

  • JURISolutions

  • LMK Clinical Research Consulting

  • Madison Ave. Worldwide, LLC

  • MHJohnson & Associates, Inc.

  • New Normal Life, LLC


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 2017 SEP Slide Show

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