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About the Program

About HBCU/MI Entrepreneurship and Innovation:

The HBCU/MI Entrepreneurship and Innovation initiative aims to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority institutions in developing a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum that is particularly relevant in preparing African American and other minority young men and women to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and become leaders and entrepreneurs.

The program aims to stimulate student interest in entrepreneurship and provide them with the experience of conceiving business ventures and preparing effective business plans. Additionally, it offers training and networking opportunities to existing businesses in the HBCU communities, enabling them to move to the next level and contributing to the reduction of the wealth gap.

This initiative brings together HBCU/MI presidents/chancellors along with business, foundation, entrepreneurial, government, military, and other leaders to focus on the advancement of HBCU/MIs. Each year, the program selects a special theme to support HBCU/MIs.


Over the past three decades, our leadership team has dedicated their efforts to supporting Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) in their entrepreneurship program development. Our current program consists of eight components. Participations in all eight programs are by invitation only. For more information, please visit us at hbcumiei.org

The 2024 program will take place at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta from April 18-21, 2024. For more information, please contact Dr. Mohammad Bhuiyan at 404-441-7881 or [email protected].

Mission: Our mission is to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Institutions in developing a comprehensive entrepreneurship curriculum that is particularly relevant in preparing young African American and other minority individuals to:

1. Develop an entrepreneurial mindset to become more effective and successful in the corporate world.

2. Become successful entrepreneurs by avoiding costly mistakes.

The program also aims to stimulate students' interest in entrepreneurship and provide them with the experience of conceiving business ventures and preparing and presenting business plans.Additionally, we aim to foster student interest in entrepreneurship and provide them with hands-on experience in developing business ventures and presenting business plans.

Finally, the program also provides training and networking opportunities to current minority entrepreneurs so that they can move up to the next level.

HBCU/MI Students' Business Plan Competition: This is a central part of our program. Each participating school holds an internal competition on business plan development and presentation. The winner from each school's internal competition is invited to compete in the national business plan competition in Atlanta. The winner of the national competition may have the opportunity to participate in international competitions. This program offers students entrepreneurial opportunities and experiences, enabling them to apply their conceptual and theoretical knowledge in a fast-paced business environment.

HBCU/MI Dean/Faculty Development Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation: This is another integral component of our program. Each year, business school deans and faculty members are invited to attend an intensive seminar conducted by leading entrepreneurship scholars and practitioners from across the country. The objective is to incorporate entrepreneurship into the curricula of HBCUs and MIs, fostering an entrepreneurial mindset among students.

The Presidential Policy Forum on Entrepreneurship and Innovation: This forum brings together academic, business, foundation, government, and other entrepreneurial leaders to address minority entrepreneurship education and innovation issues. The forum encourages active involvement in preparing African American and other minority individuals to become successful entrepreneurs.

Diversity Recruitment Fair: This fair invites senior human resources and other executives from major corporations to meet over 200 top students from various HBCUs and MIs. Executives receive the resumes of participating students in advance and have the opportunity to connect with selected students over breakfast on Friday morning of the program week. They can observe students as they present their follow-up interviews with selected students and extend final offers. We strongly encourage companies to make final offers by Saturday evening of the program week, before the Awards Dinner event. Our program has a proven track record of providing the best ROI for companies that have partnered with us in the past.

Minority Entrepreneurs Training and Networking: A special group of minority entrepreneurs will be invited to join this historic program. This will be an excellent opportunity for them to network with top-level leaders from corporations, government, military, academia, and other areas to promote their businesses. There will be special training sessions for them as well to learn how to move to the next level. All student participants will be able to interact with this group and gain real-life feedback on entrepreneurship.

Special Financial Literacy Training Program: This program is designed for students and local community members in each participating and guest institution's home territory. It aims to enhance financial knowledge and empower individuals to make informed financial decisions.

Together, these components create a comprehensive program aimed at fostering entrepreneurship, providing valuable networking opportunities, and equipping participants with the necessary skills for success.

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GET INVOLVED

This is a great opportunity for you to get involved. This program will open many opportunities for you and your company or institution. Please contact us at: [email protected]

TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Our goal is to help everyone. We will help you to take advantage of this great program to enrich you and your organization. Please contact us at: [email protected]

HELP STUDENTS TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL

You have the power to help young HBCU/MI students to become successful. All of us have received help from others to become successful. Now it is our turn to help young HBCU/MI students so that they get that extra help from all of us to become successful. Please contact us at: [email protected]

ENJOY FROM GIVING

The best joy in life is in giving. If you have the means to give, please give generously to this program and also encourage other to give. Remember, your giving will change the lives of many young HBCU/MI for better. Please contact us at: [email protected] or go to the home page and click the donate button.