Emerging Entrepreneurs Program

The Emerging Entrepreneurs program helps founders who are passionate about growing their company connect with the right resources to build sustainable companies. For businesses with revenue under $250,000 annually, the program runs for 12 weeks and offers basic and intermediate workshops to help entrepreneurs identify and attain modest to moderate growth.

What to Expect

Over the course of 3 months, we provide:


Personal Development

We help entrepreneurs find their own confidence to lead and build a profitable business

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Technical Assistance

We provide structured support and tools to increase owner capacity for leadership and financial management.

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Social Capital

We provide market / customer access through our extended network of mentors and advisors.

I really enjoyed the Project 500 program. The sessions helped reinforced things I already knew and taught me many things I didn’t know. The best part was learning from the professors and my peers within the cohort, as well as, being apart of a community that adds value as my business continues to grow.
— Madia Brown, Principal at TomahWares

Important Dates

Date Description
January 24th Application Open
February 12th Application Interviews
February 19th Applicant Selection
March 1st Program begins
May 1st Program graduation

Begin the Application Process

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Note: After submission, you will receive an email with a link to the application.


Who runs the program?
The program is run by Adeleke Omitowoju, an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience building companies and working with enterprise clients. As venture Director, he is responsible for the program design, supporting Emerging Entrepreneurs. 

Who are the instructors?
All the instructors and leaders are volunteers who come with extensive business and entrepreneurship experience. All instructors are interviewed and briefed in advance and are chosen based on their depth of experience and past entrepreneurial experience.

How much does Project 500 cost?
The program is free of charge and open to any DC based business, with preference for entrepreneurs located in wards 7 and 8.