Twende is a year-long pre-accelerator program powered by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), designed to dramatically accelerate the success of Tennessee’s Black and LatinX-owned businesses.
Black and LatinX Americans are pursuing business ownership at historic rates. They account for the majority of the U.S.’s new business growth, particularly in the South.
114K+ minority-owned businesses in TN
1 in 4 new businesses in the U.S. is Latino-owned
31% increase in U.S. Black-owned employer firms
Class sessions are hosted virtually from 2:00-3:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons.
Our entrepreneurs-in-residence support cohorts throughout their time in the program with dedicated mentoring, introductions, and support from the perspective of someone who has “been there, done that.”
Shani Dowell CEO, Possip | Shani came to the EC as a PreFlight scholar with the idea to build a tool that would enable schools to more effectively gather parent feedback. In the last year, her company, Possip, has made over 7,000 recommendations for action while conducting and analyzing surveys in 100+ languages for 600 schools across more than 20 states. Shani also enrolled in the first class of InFlight in November 2018 and since then has closed over $2 million in investment.
Bill McCleskey CEO, MiTech Partners | Also a graduate of the EC’s PreFlight program, Bill McCleskey is the founder of Mitech, a national provider of commercial and residential telecommunications services. Within 12 months, Bill grew Mitech to over 300 clients in multiple states. Today, Mitech has surpassed one million dollars in revenue, and Bill is a member of the Nashville Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a membership of entrepreneurs whose businesses have reached a million dollars in revenue. Mitech Partners is the 17th minority-owned firm in Nashville to reach one million dollars in annual recurring
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