Twende accelerator applications will open across Tennessee with revised programming to include a new supplier diversity initiative

Twende, Nashville Entrepreneur Center‘s nationwide accelerator program offers a new supplier diversity initiative focused on helping Black and Hispanic founders Tennessee Doing business with corporations and government agencies.

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE., November 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) announced this today turn, his 9-month nationwide accelerator program with world-class B2B curriculum, coaching, community and connections to supplier diversity, launched by the EC specifically for entrepreneurs who identify as Black and Hispanic, has officially opened its 2023 cohort to applications. This year, the Twende Accelerator has revamped its program to include a new supplier diversity component that connects stakeholders and sourcing leaders with diverse entrepreneurs Tennessee. Registration for the Twende Accelerator is possible from November 25, 2022through December 30, 2022.

“There are more than 110,000 companies owned by Black & Brown founders across the country Tennessee. However, these companies tend to start smaller and stay smaller (averaging only). $19,800 annually) than their non-minority-owned peers,” said Brittany N Cole, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer of the EC. “We know that supplier diversity is critical to scaling Black and Brown-owned businesses and promoting economic justice. Businesses and our federal and local governments have committed billions of dollars in annual spending to various businesses, with initiatives only to increase that spending year after year. We want to make sure our Twende founders are ready and positioned to land these five, six and seven figure deals.”

In 2019, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center launched Twende, which means “Let’s Go” in Kiswahili, as a call to action for local entrepreneurs of color to join a program of coaching, curriculum, access to capital and community that meets their unique needs. In 2021, Twende received a grant from the State of Tennessee expand nationwide. To date, the program includes entrepreneurs from 12 countries in industries such as technology, consumer products, healthcare, professional services and hospitality and has become one of the tennessee leading solutions for growing diversity-owned businesses.

Twende is open to entrepreneurs who identify as racially or ethnically minority in the US context, are the CEO or co-founder of an existing company expanding their business, or have any intention of doing so $75,000 in annual revenue and seek to join a supportive, collaborative community dedicated to transformation tennessee Minority owned corporate landscape.

To learn more about how to sign up for Twende, visit

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That Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2010 by business leaders who wanted to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and celebrate the spirit and tenacity of the entrepreneurial community. The EC serves as Nashville’s hub for entrepreneurship, empowering visionaries—from any background, in any industry, and at any stage—by connecting them to critical resources and advocating their desire to change the world. Learn more about the EC by following @entrecenter LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagramand at

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