The Empower 2021 Conference explores the path to entrepreneurial success and positive societal impact for academic-driven innovations by Black faculty, graduate students, postdocs and other founders in deep tech and social sciences.
The new Princeton University Empower conference strives to broaden opportunities for academic entrepreneurs from different historically underrepresented groups. This first conference in the series, Empower 2021, will focus on Black entrepreneurs from throughout academia, bringing together national thought-leaders to share actionable knowledge and tools that can help transform university discoveries into companies and ventures that advance societal and economic progress.
Empower 2021 will also feature a pitch competition offering a $100,000 top cash prize, bundles of in-kind services, one-to-one meetings with select venture capital firms, and expert mentoring and coaching.
Inclusive entrepreneurship is one of several new initiatives in the racial equity action plan established by Princeton’s Office of the Dean for Research in response to the call in 2020 by University President Christopher L. Eisgruber to develop plans to combat systemic racism at Princeton and beyond.