The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and American Indian Business Leaders partnership awarded over $200,000 by the Minority Business Development Agency

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in partnership with the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) was awarded over $200,000 by the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) with the U.S. Department of Commerce. This opportunity is established to increase the number of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) businesses owned by American Indian, Alaska Native, and/or Native Hawaiian professionals or college students based in Arizona, Nevada, and Utah.

A New Cohort

Over the next year, 25 Native professionals and college students who are interested in starting or further developing a STEM-related business will receive culturally-contextualized professional development focused on Access to Capital, Business Training, Federal Program Coaching, and Business Incubators and Accelerators.

From December 2018 to August 2019, cohort members will participate in three, two-day workshops and four webinars to explore and develop business ideas. Workshops and webinars will feature:

Subject-matter experts from Native STEM businesses, national Native organizations, corporate partners, and federal agencies

Network with experts and cohort participants to create collaboration, exchange knowledge, and provide social and cooperative support Business training and skill development that incorporates Native culture and values access to resources, national Native American networks focused on supporting business development, and funding opportunities.

Applications are due Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

This opportunity is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and/or Pacific Islander American. View participant eligibility criteria, timeline and application HERE.