Minority Entrepreneurship

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be focusing on minority entrepreneurship in an effort to help close the economic & educational gap in minority communities. We’re committed to passing along the education, mentorship, & opportunities others have provided me by creating the Minority Entrepreneurship Institute that will inspire hope, provide capital, & actively support minority entrepreneurs.
--Jaylon Smith, Founder of MEI
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The Problem.

A dime to a dollar. That's the gap between the median net worth of an African American versus a white American.

98-to-2. Today in American, African American entrepreneurs access less than 2% of venture capital.

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Our Solution.

To tackle both of these problems, the Minority Entrepreneurship Institute (MEI) closes the economic and educational gap for minority entrepreneurs. We deliver this result through an annual pitch competition, consulting services, and a growing national portfolio of deals under management.

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Upcoming Events



On July 10, 2020, Commonwealth will co-host the MEI Texas Showcase featuring:

  • $350,000 in impact investing capital
  • 147 minority entrepreneurs competing from 42 Texas cities
  • 30+ companies qualifying the the MEI Texas Marketplace totaling over $13 million in deal flow

Guest sharks on July 10 include Jaylon Smith (Dallas Cowboys), Torii Hunter (former MLB All Star), Tom Dowling (Goldman Sachs), Scott Everett (S2 Systems), and Roland Parrish (Parrish Restaurants).

Past Events


Fort Wayne

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On July 12, 2019 MEI and Commonwealth held a pitch competition in Fort Wayne, showcasing some of Indiana's brightest minority entrepreneurs.

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