Betting Big on Small Black Businesses

Betting Big on Small Black Businesses
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About the program

Betting Big on Small Black Businesses gives startups led by women and people of color the opportunity to gain direct access to a community, education, mentorship and capital.

This program is an incubator and accelerator for diverse founders to clear obstacles on their path to entrepreneurship by providing the space to work with like-minded individuals, receive training and advice from seasoned professionals, and hands-on educational workshops to strengthen their skills.

At the end of this 12-week program, our goal is to cultivate Black businesses and create a well-oiled Black business ecosystem for women and BIPOC entrepreneurs to leverage their success, expansion and innovation.

We're Betting Big on Small Black Businesses in the Central Valley
Black Women Entrepreneurs Deserve a Seat at the Table

Our program provides:

  • Community: As a participant of Betting Big on Small Black Businesses, founders will have access to mentors and advisors, engagement with community leaders and other founders, signature events and a coworking space.
  • Curriculum: Over 12 weeks, founders will complete our educational startup curriculum that provides hands-on content, tangible takeaways and immediate strategies that grow their entrepreneurial mindset, product marketing, customer discovery skills and more.
  • Connections: Founders will also gain access and have the opportunity to advance their companies by tapping into FMBCC, our Black professional network and the DRIVE community’s extensive network of investors and partners.

The Big Benefits

Participants who complete the program will receive the following:

  • A business plan
  • Access to capital
  • A tailored learning plan to help grow their business
  • Individualized-business support services
  • A network of professionals and like-minded entrepreneurs
  • A $1,200 stipend for participation

Program Sponsors

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Interested in this program?

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Join Us

Become a member today and help us create more pathways to prosperity for our community.

Join Us

Become a member today and help us create more pathways to prosperity for our community.