CEO's of COLOR exist to educate and prepare rising entrepreneurs and business leaders of color in the world. More specifically, these entrepreneurial go-getters all share an important core goal. These leaders of the near future, are the vanguard of innovative entrepreneurial solutions.
CEO's of COLOR fellows go on a journey, not just learning the hard skills needed to function at the executive level and navigate complex systems, but also joining a vast network of mission-driven leaders of color who understand and support each other’s needs.
The mission of the CEO's of COLOR MENTORING is to educate and develop young leaders of color who can create transformative change for other young people, families, and our broader communities.
Our most entrepreneurial-minded students desire and imagine opportunities where they can create such change outside of the system, something of their very own. But every entrepreneur needs a boost in moving their idea toward impact.
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.