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
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
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
Shell Oil Company
United States Postal Service
2017 WBE Mentors
Corporate Fitness Works
Delta Personnel, Inc.
The DW Group
Guy Brown Products
LMK Clinical Research Consulting
Madison Ave. Worldwide, LLC
MHJohnson & Associates, Inc.
New Normal Life, LLC