Emerging Young Entrepreneurs Program

Emerging Young Entrepreneurs Program

The Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE) Program is a year-long program created to support Gen Z and millennial minority entrepreneurs between the ages of 19-35.

About the EYE Program

The EYE program is uniquely designed to provide the next generation of minority entrepreneur participants ages 19-35 with support to enhance their growing business. Business owners will receive guidance from corporate sponsors, MBEs, and additional stakeholders. EYE will utilize an interactive pre- and post-conference curriculum along with five days of hands-on training and practical application. Participants are provided with the skills, tools, and strategies to start or grow their innovative businesses.

Key Objectives

This program examines proven best practices to address common entrepreneurial issues Gen Z and millennials face in the context of today’s business environment with the following objectives:

Learn five key methods of operating a successful business.

Develop strategies to anticipate organizational needs and execute innovative responses.

Receive professional development and access to top business leaders and corporate executives.

Understand supply chain processes and the benefits of developing those relationships.

Program Criteria

  • Ages 19-35 (as of the application deadline).
  • United States citizen.
  • Must be at least 51% minority-owned, managed, and controlled.
  • Must be a for-profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its territories.
  • Management and daily operations must be exercised by the minority ownership member(s). 
  • Ownership, in the case of a publicly owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.

“Since beginning this program, I have begun working on a distribution center in Cleveland. This will provide jobs in a community that I love and eliminate the middleman in my business and increase my margins by at least 30%. It has been a dream, but it is now becoming a reality to me.”


Pheobe Lee


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Upcoming Cohort

The application deadline for the upcoming cohort is closed. Please use the form to express interest in the next cohort and we will contact you when the next application period opens.

April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024

application deadline

February 28, 2023

“Every instructor during the NMSDC EYE program has been a positive influence for Uncharted Territory Solutions. As you know knowledge is a key component to launching and scaling a business and we couldn’t have picked a better program. EYE strategically placed us with key mentors to help grow our business. With their help I was able to re-strategize my brand and learn key lessons to help scale my business. I am proud to say since joining the EYE program we have added on five corporate and governmental clients. Me and my cohort members are thankful for the opportunity, from the corporate mentors to the conference sponsorship; it all made a difference. I would highly recommend this program and I look forward to encouraging and supporting the next cohort.” 


Dr. William Hill, DNP


 Uncharted Territory

Meet the 2023 Emerging Young Leaders Cohort

These individuals make up  NMSDC’s eighth cohort of the EYE program. This year’s Emerging Young Entrepreneurs are:

Keisha Brewer

The PR Alliance

Harold Chatman

HVL-Well Wellness Corporation

Anna Cobb


Subena Colligan

EHS Transformation Consultants

Leah Danville

3PV Consulting

Kristen Dunning

Gently Soap

Jasper Evins

Official Water

Marcellus Henry

Avanti Mechanical LLC

Will Johnson


JaLynn Jones

Compassionate Sales

Cimone Key

Cimone Key Creative Studio

Anthony Kinslow

Gemini Energy Solutions

Alfredo Limon

AAA/M Hauling & Logistics

Mohamed Mohamedein

Sarah Car Care, Inc.

Noelia Morales Cano

Commercial Titan Wraps

Franklin Nunez

System Pros

Norman Romero

Macano Tech

Wendy Roundtree

Jarel Communications

Stefen Smith

Seer Productions

Jolena Stewart

Love Energy Nature

Christina Thompson

Immense Strategy

Kevin Thomson

Resume Rede

Erick Torres

Ninja Tropic

Tess Trotter

CEP Communications

Sharesa White

Signature Logistics, LLC

Meghan Wilson

Diversity First Consulting Group (DVF)

Kenneth Wooten

STBY Studio

Kayla Vialva

Kay in Full Bloom

Christian Yang

Pure Growth Media

Our Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors who made this program possible: