The initial cohort of Brooklyn Entrepreneur Academy will be focused on BIPOC women, with the aim of encouraging equity for entrepreneurs.
BIPOC Brooklyn Entrepreneur Academy applications are now being accepted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
The academy aims to advance equity for entrepreneurs of color throughout the borough; its first cohort will concentrate on women of color.
Randy Peers, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce stated that the BIPOC academy accelerator will assist Black company owners in Brooklyn in getting back on their feet and taking part in both the City’s and Brooklyn’s resurgence.
Women of color who operate their own businesses confront particular challenges including a lack of funding, business education tools, and mentorship programs. According to the Chamber of Commerce, structural injustices made worse by COVID-19 and the pandemic’s economic slowdown have made it more difficult for minority-owned enterprises to reopen.
Mentorship will be offered by the Brooklyn Entrepreneur Academy in the form of seasoned business professionals and a network of encouraging peers. There will be a demanding business curriculum for participants.
Post-coursework, the BEA will offer business counseling, mentorship, technical help, and additional training to BEA alumni.
Owners of qualified businesses can apply here.