Black Entrepreneurs in Training
A student-led program, guided by Andrea Ippolito, supported by CREA.
Black Entrepreneurs in Training (BET) is a Cornell program dedicated to inspiring, informing, and initiating the next wave of black student entrepreneurs. It was found that black students either weren’t aware of the entrepreneurship resources at Cornell, or they were aware but not confident enough to participate. BET empowers black students to take advantage of the vast portfolio of entrepreneurial resources Cornell has to offer with a year-long introduction to entrepreneurship, a close-knit community, and tailored support.
Black startup founders receive less than 1% of venture capital funding annually. Less than 30 black women have ever raised more than $1 million dollars in venture capital funding. Our first step to changing the narrative nationally is doing so right here at Cornell.
The program will run from October to April.
- Inspire (October – November):
- The cohort will immerse themselves in entrepreneurship by networking with alumni and fellow entrepreneurs.
- Inform (December – January):
- The cohort will learn the formalities of entrepreneurship by attending workshops lead by successful entrepreneurs.
- Initiate (February – May):
- The cohort of entrepreneurs will start their own journey and act on what they have learned throughout the program to launch a minimum viable product.