Through our virtual Africana-centered life-changing programs, we inculcate aspiring Black visionaries with the practical skills, human resources and mindset needed to become globally conscious visionary leaders who are equipped to build sustainable personal, generational and communal wealth through entrepreneurship, intentional financial planning and philanthropy.
The Consultrepreneurship is a holistic 10-week summer program that leverages Africana economic history, mentorship and unique practical learning experiences to empower Black college students to overcome socioeconomic barriers and build personal, generational and communal wealth. To be selected to participate in this highly competitive and life-changing program, students must display an exceptional level of interest in the causes and impact of longstanding Black developmental issues and a deep desire to solve them through community-minded entrepreneurial and financial activity. Participants either receive a stipend from their institution or DIFFvelopment to support their participation.
June 6, 2021 – August 12, 2022
Candidates must be college students who are 18 years of age or older.
Students who submit an exceptional application will be interviewed and may be asked to submit a letter of recommendation.
HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL TRAINING
During an intensive week of orientation followed by weekly seminars, Consultrepreneurs receive analytical economic Africana history training that makes it possible for them to gain a deep understanding of the key economic historical events impacting the Black race, the lessons that can be learned from them and the continuity between history and present-day trends.
SUPERVISED CONSULTING PRACTICUM
Through the practical component of the program, Consultrepreneurs acquire practical business skills by acting as a consultant within a supervised team that provides a Black-owned business client with operational analysis, executive consultations and an industry standard consulting report.
GUIDED BUSINESS CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Consultrepreneurs develop a pitch-worthy community-minded business concept with the support of a seasoned business advisor.
Program periods culminate with a tour of a notable Black-owned business and a trip to a historical economic landmark.
Consultrepreneurs who successfully complete the program participate in a closing ceremony where they present about their business concept and overall program experience.
All Consultrepreneurs who successfully complete the Consultrepreneurship receive:
ACADEMIC CREDIT SUPPORT
DIFFvelopment supports institutional academic credit requests with any material applicants may need.
INTERNSHIP FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
The Consultrepreneurship is an unpaid internship. Applicants should contact their institution’s career services department to learn about unpaid internship funding opportunities. In the event that the applicant is unable to secure such funding or such funding is unavailable, they should contact us to discuss possible funding alternatives.
Through our two-part collegiate workshop series centered around our original Wealth Status Survey, Five Stages of Wealth Building Activity and Community-Minded Business Concept Form, the Black Generational Wealth Program educates on the causes and impact of the Black-White wealth and employment gaps, what generational wealth is and how to build it, the viability of entrepreneurship as a career option and how to develop, incorporate and launch a community-minded business concept, challenging college students to examine their socioeconomic status in relation to the wealth-building process and explore business ownership as an asset that facilitates economic advancement. Program alumni are eligible to apply for incorporation fee sponsorship.
How It Works
Through deep personal and statistical analysis, participants become aware of Black household and employment disparities and learn where they are on the spectrum of building generational wealth, the steps involved in building it and how community-minded business ownership bridges the wealth gap.
Workshop I alumni who submit a program evaluation gain free access to Workshop II. During this pre-recorded workshop, participants first learn how to actively fill out our original Community-Minded Business Concept Form that inherently teaches the art of giving back through business ownership that is grounded in sound business research, analysis and strategic planning. They then have the opportunity to learn about the business incorporation process as well as the first steps involved in bringing their business to the public.
We coach Black entrepreneurs from around the world who have original business ideas that push the limits and have the potential to change the world as we know it. Ideal participants are in the early stages of building or launching their business and seek the historical inspiration, expert direction and community necessary to take their concept to the next level. Program participants are chosen based on the quality of their application and the extent to which their needs are in line with the objectives of the program.
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