• Connecting Founders of Color to Venture Capital

Our Companies

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  • “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance”

  • “In venture capital, three percent of venture funding is going to women and less than one percent to people of color”

What You Get

Customized Work Plan

Our advisors will work with your company to map out your growth strategy

  • Space based in Newark, NJ to host business and strategy meetings
  • Office hours for the startups to discuss and work with the mentors
  • Access to our law clinic

Access to Our Network

As one of the leading business schools in the Northeast, we interface with Fortune500 companies and startups alike.

  • Industry specific mentors and advisors
  • Warm connections to companies and VCs
  • Advice from startups who’ve raised millions in venture capital

Lectures and Workshops

From industry experts who have a committed interest in seeing Black and Latino founders succeed.

  • Growth Hacking
  • The Art of Raising Venture Capital
  • Financial Modeling
  • Intellectual Property Rights

A series of value added mentoring, connections and opportunities to grow and scale.

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED) launched a pre-accelerator based in the Greater Newark Area in 2017. This 6-week program focuses on bringing entrepreneurial advice, growth hacking techniques, and members of the Rutgers Business Community to emerging startups while fostering Black and Latino entrepreneurial presence in the venture community.

  • Week 1 Level Up

    We do a full assessment of teams and outline some goals

  • Week 2 EQ & The Long Game of Raising Capital

    We bring in a group of experts who talk about navigating the VC world and making valuable long-lasting connections.

  • Week 3 Growth & Distribution

    Growth hacking leveraging the warm leads provided at RBS

  • Week 4 & 5 Startup Sprint

    Office hours and work plans will be revisited with mentors and coaches. We’ll throw in some added resources as needed.

  • Week 6 FundraisingPresentation

    We’ll work with you to find tune your pitch decks and other marketing materials and coach you on how to talk to VCs for the pitch day.

  • Week 7 Pitch Prep

    A by-week to get teams ready for pitch day!

  • Week 8 Demo Day

    Pitch to investors looking to seal the deal with your venture.

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