Accelerator for Tennessee’s

Founders of Color


Twendé, Kiswahili for “let’s go,” is a statewide, 6-month accelerator program helping founders of color grow their professional network and scale their businesses.

Ready to take the next step? Connect with our program team.


How We Help Founders


The Twendé Accelerator, powered by Nashville Entrepreneur Center, is a statewide program offering minority-owned businesses with on-demand curriculum, capital resources, coaching and mentorship.

About The Program

On-Demand Curriculum 

As a statewide, virtual-first program, we offer founders the flexibility to access curriculum at their own pace. 

Procured Meetups and Events

Throughout the program, you’ll have the opportunity to attend different networking events that put you in the room with thought leaders and experts.

Customer & Capital Connections

In 2022, we added a new supplier diversity initiative, connecting our founders with stakeholders and procurement leaders to secure opportunities with government and corporate entities. 

Monthly Peer Groups

Each month, Twendé founders will have peer group sessions facilitated by a designated coach.

NEC Member Benefits

When you enroll, you’ll have access to over 290 mentors in our network and be able to enjoy free cowork space.

Capital Resources

The Re:Generate Fund, in partnership with Nashville Entrepreneur Center, supports Twendé founders through non-diluted grants, aiming to fill the critical early funding gap for founders of color.

Let’s Go!

Join a supportive community of ambitious founders as you grow and scale your business.

Hear from our Community

“Twende has been more than just a program; it’s been a catalyst for growth. The interactions and relationships have enriched my professional network and aligned me with successful entrepreneurs who share a similar vision and drive. These connections have been pivotal in shaping my entrepreneurial journey, inspiring confidence, and facilitating collaborative opportunities. ”
– Erica Battle (Twende 2023 Alumni)

Meet The Team

Em Wilder

Program Manager

Em is a dedicated and experienced non-profit and community leader with a strong background in program & people leadership, DEI and community engagement. As a Program Manager, Em works directly with founders in the Twende Program, championing their growth and development. Prior to the EC, she spent the last decade developing and managing innovative educational experiences in an effort to close opportunity gaps for K-12 students in the Chicagoland area. Amongst a large catalog of program initiatives, Em worked closely with several corporations to develop a summer accelerator for young entrepreneurs.

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