Leveling the playing field
for founders of color.


Twende is Kiswahili for “let’s go,” and this is the spirit of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s statewide program passionately and strategically driving the growth of Tennessee’s entrepreneurs of color.

Twende is a 9-month long virtual statewide accelerator program providing Black and Latino entrepreneurs across industries with world-class curriculum, coaching, a supportive community, and individualized mentorship.

The Program

In 2022, the Twende Accelerator redesigned its programming to help founders accelerate growth by securing opportunities with the worlds largest buyers: government and corporate entities.

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Donald Miller joins Brittany N. Cole on the Twende Podcast

The Podcast

The Twende podcast shares lessons from accomplished founders of color and spotlights successful, evidence-based work impacting founders of color. Listen Here

2022 Twende Cohort Recipients of the ReGenerate Fund

The Fund

The Twende Regenerate Fund is a flexible capital pool set aside for founders enrolled in the Twende program. Learn More.

2022 Twende Summit with Nashville Entrepreneur Center officer Brittany N. Cole

The Summit

We welcome you to join our annual summit, where founders of color, investors, policymakers, and business leaders can expand their access to information and resources.

Hear from our Community

“Twende makes me feel/look bigger than I am. I’m just one person, but the marketing, legal, digital advising and services they’ve carried out for me make me feel so much more robust as a business. I feel like I have the backing, support, know-how I need to take things on, even if my own capabilities or output are limited by being just one human.”
– Twende 2021 Participant

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