OYU Power Labs

  • OYU Power Labs

OYUnited is excited to announce the launch of our new initiative, OYU Power Labs.

Power Labs aims to invest and support young entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, and changemakers from low-income communities across the nation.

Economic justice is a critical lever in the fight for equity and justice for opportunity youth and their communities., Therefore, our goal is to uplift entrepreneurship as an important pathway – among many others – for young people to build generational and community wealth.

Are you a current or emerging young entrepreneur or social entrepreneur? Do you have a project idea to improve conditions in your community? We need you!

Winners will receive:

  • A mini-grant of $1,000
  • Entrepreneurship Training and Leadership Development
  • Mentorship
  • Peer Learning Community
  • Access to Networking Opportunities and Events

Who is eligible:

  • Young people from low-income communities between the ages of 16-35
  • Young people with new, innovative project ideas to address a community issue 
  • Young people seeking to start-up and provide a product, service, or program
  • Young people with small businesses or social ventures that are looking to grow and expand

Types of projects we will support:

We aim to support new and early stage start-ups and projects:

  • Small Businesses
  • Community Improvement Projects
  • Social Ventures
  • Nonprofits

Timeline:

  • Applications open on April 22nd
  • Applications close by May 23rd
  • The 10 winners will be announced on May 30th 
  • Participate in 3-4 online meetings and trainings throughout the months of June and July
  • Contribute to a learning community of young entrepreneurs and changemakers from across the country
  • Participants will receive ½ of payment upon acceptance into program
  • Participants will receive the other ½ upon completion of the trainings
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