Back to all events Exploring Inclusive Entrepreneurship with Joshua Pierce (The Diversity Org) Host: NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
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NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is excited to present our Exploring Entrepreneurship Forum: Building Equitable Pathways to Entrepreneurship


NYU Entrepreneurial Institute is excited to present our Exploring Inclusive Entrepreneurship Forum: Building Equitable Pathways to Entrepreneurship as a POC. This in-person event will focus on ways for underrepresented entrepreneurs to transform their passion and interest into a business idea, find the right teammate and discover resources available at NYU.

This Forum is intended to be interactive, dynamic, exploratory, and collaborative. Our goal is to increase the appetite for entrepreneurship and reduce the barriers that prevent underrepresented founders from embarking on their startup journey, and help participants identify their interests, skills, and strengths. Designed specifically for current students with no prior entrepreneurial experience.

Snacks & Refreshments will be served. The forum will take place at the Leslie E-Lab at 16 Washington Place in the Lean Launchpad room.



Welcome & Introductions


From Idea to Impact- Articulating Your Business Idea


Starting Your startup While In School and the Blackstone Ideas Competition

3:00- 3:45 PM ET: SESSION

Creating Strong Teams + ClosingTeam Hunt + Networking

3:45- 4:25pm PM ET - Keynote

Virtual Keynote Fireside Presentation with Joshua Pierce, Founder of The

4:25 PM ET- Closing Remarks

Embarking on your Journey

4:30 PM ET- END

About our Keynote Speaker - Joshua Pierce

Joshua Pierce is an Artist, Founder and CEO of The Diversity Org.In high school, Joshua was a troubled student from a low-income family and had only a 1.7 GPA. Joshua got connected to a job at the television network, BET. He rose in ranks and became a media manager for BET. Joshua ended up leaving BET and went to a community college in NJ called CCM. He graduated from CCM and got accepted into New York University. At NYU, he established key mentors like John Sexton (former president of NYU). While at NYU he launched his organization, "The Diversity Org".

The Diversity Org is a global nonprofit that teaches low-income and minority students about how to obtain corporate and high-income careers. Diversity Org hosts exciting workshops where employees from large companies teach underrepresented students professional and social skills. The DO also helps companies acquire diverse and qualified interns and entry-level talent. Under Joshua's leadership, the companies they are currently in partnership with are Verizon, Kellogg's, Blackstone, J.P. Morgan Chase, AT&T, Peloton, Yahoo, Salesforce, NCSolutions, Nielsen, Warner Bros. Discovery (CNN, HBO, Cartoon Network, DC Comics), Ernst & Young, Paramount (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon), HSBC, Alliance Bernstein, Capri Holdings (Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo) and more!

Joshua has built a diverse team of employees globally that use their talents to help empower, connect and uplift thousands of underserved youth globally.

As an artist/influencer, Joshua has garnered millions of views on social media and as a key influencer to some of the most powerful companies in the world, Joshua is championing diversity and paving the way for thousands of students from a variety of marginalized backgrounds.

The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute provides reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests for accommodations for events and services should be submitted at least two weeks before the date of the accommodation need. Please email for assistance.

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When & Where
Fri, September 30, 2022
1:00 PM ‐ 4:30 PM
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NYU Entrepreneurial Institute (Leslie eLab)
16 Washington Place Lean Launchpad
New York, NY 10003
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