NewsThe HBCU Founders Initiative Announces Five New Members For Its Pre-Accelerator Program

The HBCU Founders Initiative Announces Five New Members For Its Pre-Accelerator Program

Kamala Harris and fellow HBCU students.


The HBCU Founders Initiative (HBCUFI) has selected five HBCUs to participate in its Pre-Accelerator Program. Hampton University, Morehouse College, Texas Southern University, Benedict College, and Bethune-Cookman University are the newest members of the HBCUFI cohort. The nonprofit organization is designed to provide support to HBCU students and alumni as they venture into entrepreneurship. Through tech-centered projects, participants are given the opportunity to expand their business acumen as they bring their entrepreneurial endeavors to life. 

Each week, the Pre-Accelerator Program will convene virtually to discuss different topics, including building a prototype, customer discovery, marketing and branding, and other business operations. At the end of the program, participants will be given the opportunity to pitch their projects and possibly receive awards to aid their MVP development. 

​​”We are pleased to have five additional HBCUs join us in fulfilling our mission to ensure that innovative ideas don’t die on the vine because there is no one available to cultivate them,” said HBCUFI President Marlon Evans.
“By providing a structured program that connects our participants with executives and entrepreneurs with deep experience building companies, coupled with providing access to pre-seed funding, HBCUFI is helping to build an unprecedented innovation ecosystem on HBCU campuses.”

To learn more and to apply, visit

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Source: Black Enterprise


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