In service of our mission, the Academy explores an innovative and far-reaching approach to transforming entrepreneurship for youth and communities. As a traveling national program, the CEO's of Color Academy spends 16 weeks developing, elevating , and uniting emerging entrepreneurial leaders of color in select cites nationwide so that they, as coalition, can go on to build movements that influence, innovate and transform the entrepreneurial space with their own communities.
CEO’s of COLOR Academy is a comprehensive career and college initiative designed by the nonprofit organization CEO’s of Color to continue its efforts to empower students interested in entrepreneurship. By providing valuable resources, mentorship, and educational opportunities, The Academy aims to foster the growth of aspiring young entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. The Academy strives to bridge the gap between education and real-world entrepreneurial experiences, equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the business world.
CEO's of COLOR offer participants an opportunity to close the gap between ideas, business-preparedness, and implementation. Getting started is always the hardest part, and there are so many factors and intricate in-and-outs to making our dreams a reality. A successful business venture needs to begin from a place of knowledge, confidence, and support. This is where the CEOs of the COLOR program come in.
CEO's of COLOR is 8-weeks long with a cohort of young CEOs. Individual participants or teams will be guided and supported in business essentials such as strategic planning, financial understanding, operational training, and marketing insight. They will be matched with executive coaches with entrepreneurship experience. They will also gain tailored support for each entrepreneurial enterprise.
At the end of the program, each participant or team will present their business proposals to an investment committee. This public showcase is more than just a “test drive” of a student's concept, but an opportunity for real investment, as well as a place to make connections with investors and connectors with regional, national, and even global reach.
For those students dreaming about a way to turn their Capstone or Freedom Dreams project into reality, this is your chance. For those who have wanted support to workshop their idea, this is the place. For those who want to focus and be held accountable to pursuing your dream, this is the time.