Access. Education. Capital. Community.

Closing the economic and educational gap in minority communities through entrepreneurship.

The Minority Entrepreneurship Institute is a seed-stage impact investing fund that hosts annual pitch competitions for Black, LatinX, and Female Founders.


invested in minority-owned enterprises


portfolio companies


minority entrepreneurs in our pipeline


founders to be selected for the MEI Fellowship

What our founderS are saying:

“I grew up in the housing projects of Monroe, Louisiana, and came from very humble beginnings. Everyone needs a financial lifeline from time-to-time. My way of paying it forward is to help people access low-interest loans in times of need. MEI is helping us create a more financially inclusive world.”


—Dennis Cail | Co-Founder, Zirtue

“I am grateful to have been one of the first winners of MEI. Moreover, I am excited to be a part of this community and initiative. As a Caribbean-American woman, the odds are against me in fundraising so it is wonderful to participate in an initiative that helps to level the playing field. The investment from MEI is extremely instrumental in increasing awareness among stakeholders but more importantly in allowing us to march forward towards our goals.”


—Jada McLean | Co-Founder & CEO, HurryHome