In May 2016 we made a three-year commitment to identify up to 500 high potential entrepreneurs of color; business owners operating enterprises who were ready and willing to scale in the DC region. In just under two years we met the mark; we have supported over 500 entrepreneurs of color in the DMV.



project 500 dc launched

Project 500™ is a business development program whose mission is to accelerate new majority entrepreneurs from high potential to high growth.



500 diverse businesses serviced

Our goal was to recruit and retain at least 500 diverse businesses to receive skills training, capacity building, mentoring and networking to advance the economic success of their businesses and their communities.



1863 launches

1863 - the organization - is created to accelerate high potential businesses to high growth companies.