Black Entrepreneurs Train HBCU STEM Students in Clean Energy Technologies

The HBCU Green Fund recently announced a partnership with the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs (RICE) that increases their capacity to train, mentor and identify internships in energy and STEM industries for students at the Atlanta University Center (AUC). A Department of Energy grant to RICE provides resources for the AUC Energy Project, including a fellowship program exposing students from various majors to emerging opportunities in renewable energy and sustainability. 

“We are pleased that the Russell Innovation Center supports a comprehensive program to expose HBCU students to careers in the energy sector, provide them with marketable skills, and introduce students to successful entrepreneurs and leaders working in STEM,” said Illai Kenney, national program director, HBCU Green Fund.

“Projects like this help to create a pipeline of minority thought leaders in climate and energy and ensure that HBCU graduates stand out in a highly competitive labor market. For instance, the Biden-Harris administration just announced plans to build a $5 billion network of electric vehicle chargers on interstate highways nationwide as part of their infrastructure bill, AUC Energy Fellows will be prepared for those jobs.”

The AUC Energy Project offers training across the energy landscape, including wind, solar, energy efficiency and Electric Vehicle Charging Station entrepreneurial opportunities. After completing Energy Audit training, the fellows will contribute to an investment-grade audit on the campuses of Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. Several AUC Energy Fellows will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition where teams of students compete to design and build sustainable solar-powered house. 

“Students at the Atlanta University Center have a unique advantage being located directly across the street from the Russell Center, the largest non-profit center in the country providing a space and resources for Black entrepreneurs and small business owners to innovate, grow, and create jobs,” said Brittany Saadiq, director of development, RICE. “This program gives AUC students access to extraordinary talent and cutting-edge technology.” 

Thought leaders sharing career advice, mentoring, and business opportunities include HBCU graduates Dr. Anthony Kinslow, CEO of Gemini Energy Solutions; Sheryl E. Ponds Founder and CEO of Dai Technologies; and Gilbert Campbell, founder and CEO of Volt Energy Utility LL; along with AUC faculty mentors Dr. Armita Davarpa, Spelman College, Dr. Cynthia Hewitt, Morehouse College, Dr. Olu Olatidoye, Clark Atlanta University.

An HBCU Energy and STEM Internship registry is currently in development with several summer apprentice opportunities already identified. The 2022 AUC fellows are: Sophia Boyd (Spelman), Serena Echols   (Spelman), Indrianna Bowleg (Spelman), Brionna Findley   (Spelman), N’Dya Jeffries   (Clark Atlanta), Conrad Mctavish (Morehouse), Jason Gill   (Morehouse), Ihunanya Destiny Agomuoh, (Spelman), Noah Bacon-Angevine (Morehouse), and Andre Brown (Morehouse).

The HBCU Green Fund is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization working to advance campus-wide sustainability at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and promote student engagement in green initiatives. The organization produces the HBCU Green Report, a ranking of green initiatives on HBCU campuses. 

In April the organization co-host’s the annual BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue, an opportunity for climate justice scholars, organizers, and funders to discuss national climate goals and Justice40 priorities with government agencies. For more information on the HBCU Green Fund and AUC Project visit



The BFM Fund (Black Founders Matter), a Portland-based, seed-stage venture fund focused on Black and innovative founders, is slated to receive investment from Bank of America. The BFM Fund Logo Led by a full women of color leadership team, The BFM Fund will allocate Bank of America's investment into Black founders across various verticals within the United States. [...]

HBCU Grads Behind America’s Fastest-Growing Pizza Chain

The famed Black-owned hip-hop-inspired gourmet pizza chain Slim + Husky’s is ranked #5 in The Daily Meal's "101 Best Pizzas in America." The three remarkable owners dish out innovative pizza creations to underserved communities. [...]

Kaleidoscope X Da Brat Styling Collection Sells Out in Just Six Minutes!

One of the largest Black-owned hair-care brands in the U.S. [...]

National Alliance for Black Business (NABB) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Form a Historic Alliance to Develop Black-Owned...

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and the National Alliance for Black Business (NABB) signed a historic MOU during the NABB's first annual National Black Business Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. [...]
Kevin Ross
Kevin Ross
Kevin "KevRoss" Ross is a music and radio industry expert. He is a 20 -plus year entrepreneur with the leading most successful industry trade publication and site Radio Facts ( He has also published various books, magazines, performed marketing and promotions for major corporations and recording artists and he is on the advisory board of several industry organizations. This year Ross introduced his non profit organization LOMARI (Leaders of the Music and Recording Industry) to help teach young minority students how to market and manage their music and products.



Jekalyn Carr believes in well-rounded self-care, which includes caring for and enhancing our God-given beauty. With that belief in mind, the inspirational powerhouse will release JEKALYN BEAUTY SKINCARE this Friday, February 18, followed by the release of JEKALYN BEAUTY HAIRCARE by the end of the month. Products can be purchased at Featuring natural ingredients that Carr uses herself, JEKALYN BEAUTY’s haircare and skincare lines are for women who want a streamlined system of effective products to meet their beauty needs. “JEKALYN BEAUTY is a lifelong dream of mine,” says Carr. [...]

30 Days to Two New businesses

For the past 10 years, I have been unchallenged in my current main business which is a blog for the music industry. It does well and I make a great living from it but I don't have that leap-out-of-bed-to-face-the-day feeling anymore. True black entrepreneurs know what I'm talking about. [...]

Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University & Spelman College Receive $3M in Grants from …

Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University & Spelman College Receive $3M in Grants from Carnegie, Mellon and Rockefeller Foundations to Support Faculty Development Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University and Spelman College announced today that they are the recipients of $3 million in grants from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the development of faculty on their campuses. [...]

Texas Rapper Chamillionaire has Launched a $100,000 Competition to Help Black-Owned Start-ups

L (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images For The Recording Academy) Hakeem Seriki, aka “Chamillionaire,” has launched a competition that is worth $100,000. The competition aims to help black-owned start-ups get funding for their businesses. The competition has started and will run through December 6th, 2019. To participate in the contest, start-ups would download Convoz (an app and social video conversation platform founded by Chamillionaire last year) from either the iOS or Android platform. [...]

Resources for Entrepreneurs

As black entrepreneurs we are often overwhelmed and it can be incredibly difficult to find resources to help us with our businesses.  How do we know waht is actually available to us?  Do a little digging around the web. The Small business Administration as well as the Small business Development Centers around the country are great avenues to help us learn various aspects of properly running a business. [...]

Black Entrepreneur Launches Digital Community For Black-Owned Small and Medium Organizations to Collaborate

Uhai is a Black-owned Software as a Service (SaaS) Company. In the year 2020, the company will be unveiling a permission-based messaging & linkup solution for present-day firms. The CEO of Uhai, David Abeiku Cole Jr, stated that the innovation is designed for small to medium scale black-owned companies to create a digital community where, Black-owned profits and non-profits organizations, women club, associations etc. can linkup and communicate. Uhai will adopt the middleware framework on the Microsoft ASP.NET developers platform to create the all-in-one solution. [...]

Meet Top 1% Realtor and Bank Owner of Prime One Home Loans, Benaisha Poole-Watson

Born in Los Angeles, California to an immigrant mother from Guatemala and African-American father. At the age of 7, Benaisha became a latch key kid, walking home from school, past gang members, drug dealers, and prostitutes through the streets of South-Central Los Angeles's Crenshaw District. [...]

Check Out North Carolinian Ex-Felon Who Owns the First Black-owned Barbershop in Walmart

40-year-old Shaun “Lucky” Corbett, an ex-felon who hails from Charlotte in North Carolina, has launched a barbershop inside of Walmart. With the feat achieved by Corbett, he becomes the first black man to own and run a barbershop in Walmart. Corbett has put his life on a new path by starting his barbershop, which he named Da Lucky Spot Barbershop. [...]

Leave a Reply