The Black UpStart

The Black upStart teaches aspiring Black entrepreneurs how to start a successful and profitable business through an intense, culturally-relevant popup school.  Our learning experience prepares Black innovators to compete by training them to:

  • THINK BLACK:  Learn how to brainstorm a profitable business idea

  • BUILD BLACK:  Learn how to build your first prototype

  • PLAN BLACK:  Learn how to craft a business model canvas

  • TEST BLACK: Learn how to validate your business idea

We trained nearly 150 Black entrepreneurs​ since 2016, some of whom have received investments from venture capitalists, opened retail locations, won pitch competitions and have been featured in Black Enterprise, the Washington Post and ABC News.