Our entrepreneurship initiative drives economic growth by encouraging a more inclusive landscape for underrepresented founders. Through our partnerships and programs, UBS provides entrepreneurs with access to training, capital and networks needed to build their companies, create jobs and contribute to their local communities.
Launched in 2015 by UBS and the Rent the Runway Foundation, Project Entrepreneur strives to increase the pipeline of female founders by providing women with the resources they need to ignite bold ideas and build scalable, high-growth companies.
1,600 aspiring female founders have been trained in educational symposiums in New York City, Washington, D.C., Austin, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles
The venture competition has received over 1,800 applications from female founders of early-stage start-ups
50% of the applicant pool is ethnically diverse, hailing from nearly all 50 states and representing 25 industries including retail and e-commerce, healthcare, human rights, consumer products and fintech
Empowers service industry workers to learn English as they work, using audio & support systems.
The annual venture competition is for woman founders with a viable prototype or beta in place who aspire to build a high-growth company using technology as a competitive advantage. 200 female founders with the strongest applications will be selected to attend the Project Entrepreneur Intensive.
The digital hub is Project Entrepreneur's content repository for education modules, articles, blogposts and inspirational videos which help support women at any entrepreneurial stage.
In addition to the Intensive, half day conferences for up to 200 women take place in select cities nationwide providing in-person training and network building.
NYC Intensive & Pitch Competition
The Intensive includes two days of hands-on workshops and engaging keynote speakers, exploring aspects of refining and scaling a business. The Intensive culminates with a pitch competition where finalists pitch to investors, competing for a in the Accelerator program and a $10,000 grant.
Project Entrepreneur Accelerator
The winners of the pitch competition will receive on-site training, introductions to investors, coaching and mentorship as part of the five-week accelerator program hosted at Rent the Runway’s New York headquarters.
Community Advisors offer insight, inclusion, and engagement to the under-represented populations they support. Current advisors include: Black Founders, Latino Startup Alliance, HBCU Innovation, and Venture for America.
UBS is investing in the next generation of entrepreneurs through a partnership with Venture for America which helps build a new pathway to entrepreneurship for college grads.
Significant seed investor/corporate partner bringing talent to startups in 15 cities including: Atlanta, Detriot, Baltimore, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh
Lead funder of VFA's launch program and UBS Venture Catalyst Award, providing seed funding for fellow-founded startups
$19.6M raised by VFA Fellows after receiving the UBS Venture Catalyst Award
Venture for America is a fellowship program for enterprising recent college graduates to launch their careers as entrepreneurs and revitalize American cities. After five weeks of training, VFA Fellows spend two years in the trenches of a startup in an emerging U.S. city where they learn how to contribute to a high-growth business. Afterwards, VFA provides the mentorship, network and resources Fellows need to become entrepreneurs.
UBS and Village Capital launched a pilot program in Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago which trains and supports African American, Latinx and female founders to increase their competitiveness for seed-stage venture investment.
Provides a cohort of founders of early-stage ventures with training to become investment-ready
Equips local Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) with the tools needed to support early-stage startups
Founders receive mentorship from UBS advisors and angel investors
Village Capital finds, trains, and invests in entrepreneurs solving real-world problems, and builds communities around entrepreneurs and their ventures to improve opportunities for growth and success.