HSSUCIE awarded $25,000 Entrepreneurship Education Innovation grant | Business


Howard University & PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship (HUxPNC) has selected the Anheuser-Busch School of Business (ABSB) Center of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Harris-Stowe State University as a recipient of a $25,000 Entrepreneurship Education Innovation Grant for the 2024-2025 academic year.

The grant supports Harris-Stowe’s efforts to enhance the entrepreneurial ecosystem and offerings, benefiting scholars, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community at large.

The grant is a part of PNC’s $88 billion Community Benefits Plan, which includes a commitment of over $1.5 billion to empower Black Americans and low- to moderate-income communities. The initiative seeks to foster entrepreneurship at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and support Black business owners nationwide.

“We are so excited about the Entrepreneurship Education Innovation Grant from HUxPNC,” said Dr. Stacy Gee Hollins, Academic Affairs interim associate provost and ABSB dean.

 “As we work to expand our resources and increase the number of entrepreneurs we serve, I am grateful to be included in a nationally recognized network to advance these efforts.”

The ABSB CIE at Harris-Stowe effort to enhance entrepreneurship education and foster innovation is recognized through this grant.

The university’s dedication to empowering its scholars and community “aligns perfectly with the goals of Howard University & PNC National Center for Entrepreneurship,” according to a release.

During the 2nd Annual Black Commerce Conference, the CIE will be honored as a grant recipient and its leaders will also have the chance to present the InnovateX program – a new creative technology program soon to be offered by the CIE. The conference will take place from June 19th-21, 2024, in National Harbor, Maryland.

“The InnovateX program is an exciting new endeavor of ours,” said Kristy Jackson, ABSB CIE executive director.

“We can’t wait to unveil our efforts to bolster our creative technology capabilities. We want our entrepreneurs to have access to cutting-edge technology tools such as gaming equipment for E-ports, 3D printers, virtual reality equipment, and computer workstations to encourage innovation and experimentation.”

Twenty-three entrepreneurs recently completed the MECCA Entrepreneurship Accelerator program offered by the ABSB CIE at Harris-Stowe. Additionally, six entrepreneurs completed the 18-credit hour Entrepreneurship Certificate at the Harris-Stowe State University ABSB during the spring semester.



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