Thank You For Your Interest!

The Howard University School of Business, in partnership with HubSpot, is dedicated to developing future business leaders! We know that students like you are the future of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship, and now is your chance to kick-start your business!

  • To participate in HU EMPOWER 2021, we ask that you submit your application here. Before applying, please confirm that you meet the following eligibility requirements: 

    • At least one member of the team must be a student in good standing and currently enrolled at Howard University
    • Your business must be a new venture that has raised no capital to date.
    • Your business must not have already earned revenue beyond $10,000
    • Must be a tech company or a tech-enabled company, in that Technology must be critical to delivering the product or service you are pitching. 

    Only applications submitted by midnight EST on Monday, February 15, 2021 will be considered. 


  • A select number of submissions will be marked as finalists. The Center for Digital Business will notify the individuals/teams selected as finalists by February 19, 2021.

    If you or your team is selected as one of the finalists, you - or someone on your team - must commit to attending up to 5 educational sessions to support the development of your pitch for the competition on April 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM EST. 

    These sessions are designed to give you tips and advice on showcasing your product, service, or team and will be led by professionals in digital business with years of experience pitching and running businesses. We encourage you to use these as both educational and networking opportunities. 

    Finalists will be provided with additional details after selection. 


    To make it to the competition stage, you must submit an application, available here. The application requires the following information. We recommend preparing your responses in advance of beginning the application, and in a separate document, so as not to lose any work.

    • First name, last name, and email
    • What is the name of your company/team
    • How many members are on your team or in your company?
    • List the names of team members
    • Please provide a short description of your company (no more than 260 words)
    • Please provide a longer description of your company (no more than 500 words)
    • Describe the market audience you intend to target with your product/service
    • Describe your market opportunity