Apply for ABLE Cohort 2!

About ABLE

Accelerating Black Leadership and Entrepreneurship (ABLE) is an enterprise accelerator program designed to strengthen, energize, and support startups and small businesses led by Black entrepreneurs in the United States. ABLE identifies Black business leaders with impact-oriented solutions at the local and national level across multiple sectors. This includes healthcare, finance, connectivity, agriculture, and renewable energy, all of which address essential community needs while spurring sustainable growth. 16 entrepreneurs graduated in the inaugural year of the program in February 2022.

Who can apply? Black entrepreneurs leading startups and small businesses. The target audience are those who are early-stage and revenue-generating (seed to Series A) for-profit enterprises.
The second cohort of ABLE will serve 10 entrepreneurs. Applications are welcome from all industries, with a preference for those that are impact-oriented. Priority will be for those in Health & Wellness/Healthcare, Education, and Fintech/Financial Services.
Benefits Overview
The ABLE Program Advisory Committee will select the top 10 nominees to receive a fully paid entrepreneurship and leadership training program by Silicon Valley Executive Center at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. In addition, the top 10 will participate in a pitch session and awards ceremony with leading Silicon Valley investors, venture philanthropists, and impact investors among others.
Note: Please only share non-confidential information. There is no cost to participate in the program and companies do not need to give up any equity.
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Program Commitment

Selected entrepreneurs will participate in a virtual enterprise and leadership training program from October 2022 – January 2023, leading up to a live, in-person pitch session at Santa Clara University. The time commitment will be about 16 hours per month, including bimonthly training sessions of 8-12 hours and 2-4 hours of mentorship sessions and network-building

Eligibility Requirements

For consideration, prospective candidates must meet the basic requirements:

Primary Selection Criteria

Secondary Selection Criteria