Earlier this year, Ally Financial Inc., the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Sean “Big Sean” Anderson announced a partnership to create the Mogul In the Making program, a weekend dedicated to student entrepreneurs solving real-life problems. Now, students from around the country are convening in Detroit to network, compete, and learn about the ever-changing world of business.
“It’s all about inspiring the youth – providing them with opportunities and knowledge to build their futures,” Big Sean said in a statement. “I’m excited to see what they come up with.”
Since 2012, entrepreneurial education at historically Black colleges and universities has become increasingly popular. These programs range from creating on-campus incubators, building partnerships with other brands, and ramping up the business schools.
Big Sean’s role in the Ally Financial and TMCF partnership leans on the mission of his Sean Anderson Foundation to promote education and well-being in college-aged youth in underserved communities. Big Sean joins rappers like 21 Savage in targeting Black youth to increase financial literacy and encourage entrepreneurship.
This weekend, 50 students from HBCUs will participate in workshops, pitch competitions, and mentor sessions to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills.
Students from Howard University, Elizabeth City State University, Florida A&M University, and seven other HBCUs will have the chance to compete for Ally internships, $5,000, and a MacBook Air.
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