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.
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.
PITCH COMPETITION 2020
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).
PITCH COMPETITION 2019
NFL Inspire Change
Jaylon Smith works to provide funding, mentorship and strategic planning for minorities in his vision for the Minority Entrepreneurship Institute (MEI).
Dallas Cowboys star Jaylon Smith sat down with NBC’s Morgan Radford to talk about his passion off the football field. He shares how Minority Entrepreneurship Institute connects investors with minority-owned investment opportunities.