One of the most effective ways to uplift an underserved community is through economic empowerment. We support aspiring entrepreneurs with the education, mentorship, and vital resources they need to turn their entrepreneurial ideas into full-scale businesses that make an impact and uplift. Our intensive 6-week program brings industry leaders, marketing experts, and successful entrepreneurs of all kinds to classrooms of ambitious young minds.
Students Build Real Businesses
Foundational Program Elements
The Empathize - Define - Ideate - Prototype - Test framework is not only the foundation of some of today’s most impactful innovations, but it also provides young people with a new process for tackling everyday challenges within their communities and finding opportunities to make change.
By helping our students understand the “putting people first” concept, we equip them with a key element of success in today’s diverse, global economy, while also helping them become better able to empathize and understand the members of their individual communities.
We help our students understand the fundamentals of managing finances, making projections, and investing capital, to ensure they manage risks and remain secure as they build solutions to the issues facing their communities.
We believe social media and digital marketing are great economic equalizers of the 21st century. We teach our students how to leverage digital tools to position themselves for success in today’s economy.
Learn from Industry Professionals
We invite professionals from different disciplines to present the strategies and practices present in top companies. The students work closely with each teacher to learn how they can apply these practices to their businesses.
Work With Your Team To Develop Your Product
Once the students have gone through the training segments, they are assigned teams and pick a product to pursue for the remainder of the program. They work together to develop a business name, brand mission, product description and go-to-market strategy.
Prepare & Present
Each team works with a graphic designer to develop a logo, pitch deck and unique brand identity to present to a panel of professionals. They are challenged with questions about their product, Marketing strategies, and manufacturing.
Our program brings industry leaders, marketing experts, and successful entrepreneurs of all kinds to classrooms full of ambitious, young, aspiring change-makers.
We invite experts in a diverse range of fields - marketing, design, business development - to teach our aspiring entrepreneurs the essential building blocks of making innovative change.
The winning team from our Entrepreneur Program in Roxbury, MA was the founders of "Musa" - an eco friendly water bottle. The concept included a special filter in each water bottle that will filter hazardous metals from everyday water to make it drinkable.
Check their promotional video below!