BIEL Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Black and Minority Women

Gain the confidence and skills to build a successful career and business



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The BIEL Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is a 10-week training and mentorship program that trains and mentors black and minority women entrepreneurs from various industries through weekly business development workshops, one-on-one mentoring from industry executives, and monthly networking.


Data shows that 80% of entrepreneurs fail within their first year of starting a business. The odds are stacked against black and minority women who are faced with exclusion and discrimination.

In a society that wants you to be seen and not heard, you must do the opposite. We want you to succeed in business because you deserve it. The BIEL Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is created to close the economic gap for black and minority women through entrepreneurship development training, mentorship from successful business leaders and stories from successful minority entrepreneurs who succeeded against all odds.



Join the next cohort and get ready to be uplifted!

The spring 2022 Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is now in session.

The next session starts in March 2023!

To learn more about the program, visit the FAQ page




Session #1 - Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Craft your vision and mission and a strategy to achieve your audacious goals. The right mindset will keep you motivated and determined to succeed.


Session #2 - Set your business objectives

Why are you building your business? What problems is your business solving?


Session #3 - Innovation and Business Design Thinking

Using the lean method, we define the impact your business is set to make, create a business model and ensure that your idea is sustainable and profitable.


Session #4 - Your business setup

Understand all the requirements you need to set up a business in your country. Get ready to register your small business


Session #5 - Build a stand-out brand

Identify how you want to stand out in the market. Create your distinct branding and messaging


Session #6 - Define your marketing strategy

Who is your ideal customer? what problem are you solving? How do you target the right customers? Create your strategy for selling your product or service


Session #7 -Prepare to launch

Create a 3-month launch plan with key metrics and get ready to launch your startup


Session #8 -Wrap-up



Mentorship from Business Practitioners.

Receive business skills training and mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, preparing you to become a successful entrepreneur and a future business leader.



Find like-minded people to collaborate, brainstorm, learn from, and exchange ideas with.



Using an innovative learning platform, learn entrepreneurial and leadership skills to create and lead your venture or start-up.



Pitch ideas and connect with organizations (and individuals) that can help you raise funding for your start-up and ventures.

How many times do you offer the BIEL Entrepreneurship Program?

Once a year. The next cohort starts in March 2023.

`March 8 – June 14

Attend weekly classes (Thursdays, 5-6 PM CET) and mentoring sessions as agreed with your mentor.


Is this program online or in-person?

There will be two in-person events and the rest will be held online.

Who created this program?

The Entrepreneur Bootcamp was created by Ebere Akadiri, who is a successful minority entrepreneur and founder of BIEL Foundation and Rise and Lead Women. Her mission is to create a level playing ground for black women and women of colour so they can achieve their dreams.

Am I eligible?

You must be a female between 25 and 35 years old, located in the Netherlands or Belgium, have an existing company that is at least 2 years old or have an already developed business idea.

How much does this program cost?

This program cost 1,500 euros but scholarships are provided for a selected few on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Make a difference through your contributions.


We aim to partner with organisations to support women entrepreneurs from ethnic minority groups in building successful careers and businesses, which creates new job opportunities and provides economic empowerment for families and communities. If you value the economic empowerment of black and minority women, let’s chat.

Existing partners

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with the Centre for African Justice, Peace and Human Rights and the I DO Project on this project!



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