Leveling the playing field
for founders of color.

Let's Go

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 year-long program for entrepreneurs of color in all industries looking to significantly grow their businesses and gain access to world-class curriculum, a supportive community, and individualized mentorship.

The Program

Twende is a pre-accelerator, membership-based program that offers a full year of support and resources specifically created for founders of color. The program expanded statewide in Tennessee in 2021.

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The Podcast

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

The Fund

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

The Summit

We welcome you to join our annual summit on Friday, June 24, 2022, where founders of color, investors, policymakers, and business leaders can expand their access to information and resources. Click here for more details and to register.

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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