We accelerate black and brown entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth, through rigorous leadership training and strategic market access.
Our thesis is that entrepreneurship is becoming an increasingly viable pathway for the New Majority to build wealth. Our goal is to facilitate this trend by reducing barriers and risk for these founders across the nation.
Participants receive free, non-dilutive instruction from industry experts on a wide variety of topics framed around key best practices, systems & processes.
After instruction, participants apply their learnings in real-time to their business. After each program, they receive one-on-one support from both the 1863 team and Brain Trust in order to refine their strategy and implementation.
Core to our programs is improving operational efficiency, reducing execution risk and catalyzing growth through our rigorously developed, process based curriculum.
This curriculum is composed of six key areas of focus. Marketing, Sales, Fundraising, Finance & Accounting, Product, and Operations.
In addition to rigorous process development and management, all 1863 program participants gain access to our Brain Trust of experts across multiple sectors and disciplines.Meet the Brain Trust
CEO of Chigami Studios
& Adorned by Chi
We have programs designed to support brands in any sector or industry. Each is specifically crafted to launch participating brands to the next stage of entrepreneurial success.
Whether you're at the growth stage, and are preparing to scale existing systems and operations, or if your pre-growth and looking to establish those long overdue processes in the first place, we've got you. Here are a few of the brands we've worked with so far.
Founded in 2014 by travel and lifestyle expert Teri Johnson, the Harlem Candle Company is the manifestation of her love affair with fragrance, jazz, and Harlem. They've been declared by publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Today Show, Glamour and Essence a brand to watch.
Savvy Technology Solutions is a veteran IT firm, led by Mel Worku, that serves leading brands such as Amazon, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, HP & Cisco.
From occupancy monitoring to contact tracing, SAMS improves operations and enhances customer experience through technology. Staci Redmon, is trusted by clients such as Dell, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Navy Mutual, Army National Guard, Dept of Homeland Security & Dept of Veterans Affairs.
Medhaul, founded by Erica Plybeah, provides transit solutions that improve the quality of care for our most vulnerable communities. They allow hospitals, patients, and medical transportation providers to book medical transportation to and from various locations, while streamlining the management of day-to-day transportation ops.
Kunbi Tinuoye founded UrbanGeekz, a groundbreaking digital news platform focused on technology, science, and business. It focuses on the African American, Latino, and multicultural markets, spotlighting women innovators.
Michelle Jimenez-Meggiato is the co-founder of The Pizza Cupcake, a family-owned, small business that transformed super yummy pizza into a super convenient cupcake-shaped snack that can be enjoyed on the go. And as of 2020, Pizza Cupcake will now be sold at all MLB stadiums.
TaylorMade led by Christina Taylor, creates amazing, memorable events and experiences for corporate and non-profit clients such as RFK Human Rights Foundation, Astra Zenica & more.
Fashionista, Genevieve Gralton, created Underbares. A lingerie brand that truly understands that women want to feel both comfortable and beautiful in their own skin. Heralded by Vogue & Refinery29 as one of the most comfortable lingerie brands around.
Our objective is to improve the state of innovation & entrepreneurship for both New Majority founders and ecosystem builders alike.
Whether you're a corporate brand, non-profit, venture capitalist, or something in between, we have a variety of both pre-packaged and custom services that can be rapidly deployed nation-wide.
We pride ourselves on delivering meaningful & measurable outcomes for partners in all industries and sizes. Meet some of the amazing brands we've worked with and the outcomes we've produced.
A systems & process-centric program for B2C brands making $100k or more in revenue/yr
Meet the operators behind the 1863 Ventures brand.