The eForum BIPOC Program

Why This Program?

The eForum's expertise is in helping startup founders build science or technology businesses that are scalable. The Start Smart instructors and Mentors are well-versed in coaching entrepreneurs who are working on ideas that are either new technology products or services or use existing technology products or services in new ways.

Participants in this program are offered tuition-free access to our regularly scheduled programs, including:

  • Start Smart Seminar. A multi-week program established in 2007 that, with the help of experienced entrepreneurs as instructors, has taken 600+ concept, pre-funded, and startup stage founders through the process of defining and/or refining their company’s target market, product positioning, business model, and go to market strategy.
  • Mentor Program: Facilitated access to a network of more than 120 MITEF Cambridge mentors, seasoned entrepreneurs, investors, technology executives, IP and startup attorneys who volunteer their time to mentor our early-stage founders for a sustained 9-month period.
  • Startup Spotlight: Participation in a high visibility pitch/demo day with a large audience of prospective advisors, strategic partners, investors, press contacts, and team members.


The Details

When you apply for the Summer 2021 BIPOC Cohort, you are applying for consideration for free access to the Fall 2021 Mentor Program (kicks off October 26, 2021, with the Mentor Program Meet & Greet event), the Start Smart Seminar that begins on September 13, 2021 (The seminar runs for 9 weeks and is held Monday evenings from 6:00 PM EST – 8:00 PM EST with workshops on Tuesdays at noon from September 13, 2021, to November 22, 2021(unless otherwise noted), and the Startup Spotlight 2022.

Accepted applicants must be able to participate fully in the above programs and follow our standards of behavior.

You will not need to apply separately to the Mentor Program or the Startup Spotlight if you are accepted into the BIPOC program.


Preference for this program is given to Black/African American founders, however, we look carefully at all applications where at least one founder/applicant is of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern, and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent.

Company Stage: Growth, Revenue, Users, Product (MVP), Business plan (or pitch deck), Idea

Legal Status: Both incorporated and non-incorporated

Event Info

Date & Time 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021 (All day)