The Innovation Center for Urban Entrepreneurship

Elevating
Urban Communities

We Fund, Educate, and Mentor Entrepreneurs of Color

Most venture-backed startups are still predominantly founded by white males who are Ivy League educated and based in Silicon Valley.

Source: Joint study conducted by RateMyInvstor and DiversityVC

Most venture-backed startups are still predominantly founded by white males who are Ivy League educated and based in Silicon Valley.

Source: Joint study conducted by RateMyInvstor and DiversityVC

The Challenge

For many generations, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals of color have been economically constrained and financially excluded from experiencing the positive impact of the innovation economy.

The Challenge

For many generations, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals of color have been economically constrained and financially excluded from experiencing the positive impact of the innovation economy.

The SOLUTION

iCUE closes the innovation, job, and wealth gaps through education, empowerment, and elevation. We uplift entrepreneurs of color through programming and funding to deliver positive change within urban communities.

The SOLUTION

iCUE closes the innovation, job, and wealth gaps through education, empowerment, and elevation. We uplift entrepreneurs of color through programming and funding to deliver positive change within urban communities.

  • Educate: We offer educational resources and access to experienced mentors who help accelerate the entrepreneurial learning curve.
  • Empower: We open doors to new opportunities and make sure you’re confident and prepared for the investor pitching process.
  • Elevate: We increase the number of successful entrepreneurs within urban communities.

HOW iCUE WORKS

iCUE (Innovation Center for Urban Entrepreneurship) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that believes entrepreneurship is the key to developing sustainable urban communities. Our mission is to develop entrepreneurs of color within the innovation economy.

We do this by…

iCUE Elevator Fund
Investing in Entrepreneurs of Color

iCUE University

Educational Programming for
Entrepreneurs & Talent

iCUE Advisory Network

Mentor, Advisor and Investor
Resources for Entrepreneurs

Elevator Fund

The Elevator Fund is backed by donations from corporations, endowments, and individuals to provide entrepreneurs with startup capital that fuels business and creates jobs. These investments enable growth in underserved entrepreneurs by providing vital capital to support their success.

The funds are managed by Urban Capital Network (UCN), a Houston-based investment group that provides premium access to affordable investment opportunities. As part of their commitment to support urban entrepreneurs, UCN donates a portion of their proceeds to the Elevator Fund.

Advisory Network

The Advisory Network calls upon experienced entrepreneurs, executives, and other business professionals to allocate their time and resources to help develop, mentor and influence innovative business ideas. By guiding progress, pitches and business concepts from inception to launch, our Advisory Network helps to make a lasting impact on the lives and businesses of entrepreneurs within urban communities.

iCUE University

The iCUE University helps entrepreneurs finesse their ideas through an exclusive business-building process.

The Entrepreneurship Program includes online programming, education tools, and an incubation process that sets entrepreneurs up for success by developing a solid foundation to grow business ideas.

Venture Fellows Partnership Program offers MBA students the opportunity to learn from our Advisory Network. The iCUE Fellows continue to build their professional networks as they work side-by-side with experienced mentors in their chosen fields.

HOW iCUE WORKS

iCUE (Innovation Center for Urban Entrepreneurship) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that believes entrepreneurship is the key to developing sustainable urban communities. Our mission is to develop entrepreneurs of color within the innovation economy.

We do this by…

iCUE Elevator Fund
Investing in Entrepreneurs of Color

iCUE University

Educational Programming for
Entrepreneurs & Talent

iCUE Advisory Network

Mentor, Advisor and Investor
Resources for Entrepreneurs

iCUE Elevator Fund

Investing in Entrepreneurs of Color

iCUE University

Educational Programming for
Entrepreneurs & Talent

iCUE Advisory Network

Mentor, Advisor and Investor
Resources for Entrepreneurs

Elevator Fund

The Elevator Fund is backed by donations from corporations, endowments, and individuals to provide entrepreneurs with startup capital that fuels business and creates jobs. These investments enable growth in underserved entrepreneurs by providing vital capital to support their success.

The funds are managed by Urban Capital Network (UCN), a Houston-based investment group that provides premium access to affordable investment opportunities. As part of their commitment to support urban entrepreneurs, UCN donates a portion of their proceeds to the Elevator Fund.

Advisory Network

The Advisory Network calls upon experienced entrepreneurs, executives, and other business professionals to allocate their time and resources to help develop, mentor and influence innovative business ideas.

By guiding progress, pitches and business concepts from inception to launch, our Advisory Network helps to make a lasting impact on the lives and businesses of entrepreneurs within urban communities.

iCUE University

The iCUE University helps entrepreneurs finesse their ideas through an exclusive business-building process.

The Entrepreneurship Program includes online programming, education tools, and an incubation process that sets entrepreneurs up for success by developing a solid foundation to grow business ideas.

Venture Fellows Partnership Program offers MBA students the opportunity to learn from our Advisory Network. The iCUE Fellows continue to build their professional networks as they work side-by-side with experienced mentors in their chosen fields.

HOW iCUE WORKS

iCUE (Innovation Center for Urban Entrepreneurship) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that believes entrepreneurship is the key to developing sustainable urban communities. Our mission is to develop entrepreneurs of color within the innovation economy.

We do this by…

iCUE Elevator Fund
Investing in Entrepreneurs of Color

iCUE University

Educational Programming for
Entrepreneurs & Talent

iCUE Advisory Network

Mentor, Advisor and Investor
Resources for Entrepreneurs

iCUE Elevator Fund

Investing in Entrepreneurs of Color

iCUE University

Educational Programming for
Entrepreneurs & Talent

iCUE Advisory Network

Mentor, Advisor and Investor
Resources for Entrepreneurs

Elevator Fund

The Elevator Fund is backed by donations from corporations, endowments, and individuals to provide entrepreneurs with startup capital that fuels business and creates jobs. These investments enable growth in underserved entrepreneurs by providing vital capital to support their success.

The funds are managed by Urban Capital Network (UCN), a Houston-based investment group that provides premium access to affordable investment opportunities. As part of their commitment to support urban entrepreneurs, UCN donates a portion of their proceeds to the Elevator Fund.

Advisory Network

The Advisory Network calls upon experienced entrepreneurs, executives, and other business professionals to allocate their time and resources to help develop, mentor and influence innovative business ideas. By guiding progress, pitches and business concepts from inception to launch, our Advisory Network helps to make a lasting impact on the lives and businesses of entrepreneurs within urban communities.

iCUE University

The iCUE University helps entrepreneurs finesse their ideas through an exclusive business-building process.

The Entrepreneurship Program includes online programming, education tools, and an incubation process that sets entrepreneurs up for success by developing a solid foundation to grow business ideas.

Venture Fellows Partnership Program offers MBA students the opportunity to learn from our Advisory Network. The iCUE Fellows continue to build their professional networks as they work side-by-side with experienced mentors in their chosen fields.

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Financial Support

Donate to iCUE to help expand opportunities and resources that enhance entrepreneurs and urban communities.

Advisory Network

Join a team of leading professionals who are supporting and guiding entrepreneurs through the pitch process and beyond.

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