What is HBCU Innovation?

In 2014, the United Negro College Fund founded HBCU Innovation – a national movement to drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and access for African-American communities in the worlds of tech and science. Our work is fueled by our fundamental belief that any young person empowered with resources and access, is capable of achieving amazing things in changing landscapes. Through our I.C.E (Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship) and S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives, we have introduced hundreds of students to the giants of the tech world, created a pipeline of the next generation of young black innovators, and contributed to a culture that inspires students to disrupt industries and change their communities.

The Department of Commerce has estimated that from 2008-2018, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent.

Past + Participating Institutions

Alabama A&M University

Claflin University

Clark Atlanta University

Dillard University

Fayetteville State University

Florida A&M University

Florida Memorial University

Hampton University

Harris Stowe State University

Howard University

Huston-Tillotson University

Jackson State University

Morehouse College

Morgan State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Central University

Oakwood University

Prairie View A&M University

Spelman College

Tougaloo College

Tuskegee University

University of the Virgin Islands

Winston Salem State University

Xavier University of Louisiana