Mielle Organics has selected actress and venture capitalist Keshia Knight Pulliam as its new global education ambassador. According to a press release, the former Cosby Show star will lead the Black-owned beauty brand’s initiatives to roll out an inaugural Global Certificate Program.
Mielle Organics, which is celebrating its seventh anniversary, has also joined forces with Rutgers University and the Newark Business Hub to provide select aspiring Black women entrepreneurs chances to receive educational business support and an opportunity to compete for funding of their ventures.
“As part of the brand’s promise to provide opportunities for entrepreneurship and education in the community, Mielle Organics will allocate part of their $1 Million More Than A Strand Fund to cover the tuition and start-up costs for 60 2021 program applicants,” the announcement said.
Monique Rodriguez, Mielle Organics’ founder and CEO, said Knight Pulliam was selected because of her “passion for providing opportunities for mentorship, education, and venture capital for Black women.”
Mielle Organics’ Global Education Program will provide opportunities for 60 aspiring Black female entrepreneurs. The full scholarship for Phase 1 of the program will cover costs related to the year-round, self-paced program. Program courses include “Setting Up a Business,” “Generating Revenue,” and “Marketing, Scaling and Financial Management.”
“I am elated to work with Mielle Organics to bring new education and venture capital opportunities to Black women worldwide,” Knight Pulliam said. “It’s amazing to partner with a company that has so much mutual synergy when it comes to sewing into our community.”
According to the press release, scholarship recipients will be announced June 30. At the end of the program, 10 applicants will be selected to travel to South Africa to compete for Series A funding in 2022.
Interested applicants for Mielle’s 2021 Global Certificate Program can apply now through June 15. You may visit this link for details.