Sponsored by M&T Bank, the M&T Bank Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs (MWEE) program is a joint venture by the UB School of Management’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) and the UB Center for Urban Studies designed to construct a pathway that enables minority and women entrepreneurs to move their companies from fledgling stages of growth to the next stage of development.
Modeled after the CEL’s Core program, participants (protégés) in this nine-month, fee-based MWEE program work with a mentor, attend business development seminars and networking events, and develop a new or revised business plan. A key feature of the MWEE program is the protégé/mentor collaboration. This relationship gives MWEE participants the unique opportunity to develop a plan to advance their business and learn related skills in partnership with successful business leaders in the region. It also introduces them to a support network from which they will benefit for years to come. The Protégé of the Year receives the M&T Bank Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award and a $1,500 prize.
In addition to the benefits to individual entrepreneurs, the program helps to create viable and sustainable businesses in Western New York, strengthening the economy of the region.
To participate, an applicant must be either a woman or a member of a recognized minority and own a business in the Buffalo-Niagara region. An application is required and can be completed online.
Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership
School of Management