mHUB mPOWER Program for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs - Women Entrepreneurs, Black Entrepreneurs, and LatinX Entrepreneurs
mHUB mPOWER Programs - Powering Business Ownership for Women and People of Color

mPOWER Programs


Powering Business Ownership for Women and People of Color






mPOWER Programs for Underrepresented Founders

Join an entrepreneurial community committed to your growth and success.


mHUB mPOWER programs are designed to rebalance opportunity and access for startups building physical products that are founded by women and people of color. Harnessing the existing resources of the nation’s leading independent innovation center for physical product companies, each participant receives hands-on support to turn ideas into businesses.

Applications now open for the mPOWER Women Founders program:  January - June 2022

If you’re an aspiring innovator, and have a clear product idea or solution, mHUB will help you make it a reality. There is no fee to participate in the program.

mHUB mPOWER Participants Receive:

Complimentary 6-month membership to world-class innovation center mHUB

Structured, hands-on program for building a business and product at its earliest stages

Brainstorming sessions for the design and development of your physical product

Access to $6 million worth of prototyping equipment

Training sessions and 1-1 support for prototyping

Ability to participate in mHUB’s core curriculum

Dedicated support from a network of industry-leading mentors, mHUB staff, and founders
Networking opportunities

Monthly speaker series to hear from women entrepreneurs



Do You Meet These Requirements?

Are a woman innovator and/or founder

Have a clear problem that you are trying to solve through a physical product

Ability to dedicate 1 – 2 hours per week for 6 months for weekly cohort meetings & events



What Does the 6 Month Program Look Like?

  • Orientation and Community Building

    Critical questions:

    What problem am I solving? Who am I as a leader?

     

    Mentor Matching
  • Customer Discovery and Market Validation

    Who is my customer? What is their need?

    Is there a market for solving this problem?

     

    Mentor Matching / Ongoing Mentor Support
  • Product Concept / Definition and Roadmap

    What is my value proposition?

    Can I design and build a solution to meet my customers' needs?

     

    Ongoing Mentor Support / Hands-on Prototyping Support
  • Relationship Management and Business Protection

    Who do I need to partner with?

    How do I manage these relationships?

     

    Ongoing Mentor Support / Hands-on Prototyping Support / Pitch Practics & Funder Connections
  • Building Your Brand and Selling Your Product(s)

    What is my brand? What is my marketing plan?

    How do I sell my products? Do I have product / market fit?

     

    Ongoing Mentor Support / Hands-on Prototyping Support / Pitch Practics & Funder Connections
  • Getting the Resources You Need to Scale

    Where do I go next? What resources do I need?

    Where do I find these resources? How do I prepare for critical meetings?

     

    Ongoing Mentor Support / Hands-on Prototyping Support / Pitch Practics & Funder Connections
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Applications are open for the mPOWER Women Founders program

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