Black Entrepreneurs Inc Helps Black College Students Study Abroad
Says International Business Essential to the Future of Black Business
Ever since Jared Jenkins was awarded the opportunity to study overseas in college he knew that he wanted to share the experience with other Black students in the United States.
As a college student Jenkins was given the opportunity to study at the Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in Harbin, China. Harbin IT is one of the top global universities for engineering.
“In China my eyes were opened to a world of possibilities. I was able to network with students from other countries. There were two students from every country there,” says Jenkins. The experience gave him a broader outlook on business.
Believing that international interaction could improve business opportunities for Black students in America, Jenkins and colleagues started Black Entrepreneurs Inc (BE), a non-profit organization aimed at increasing the representation of Black innovation globally. The founders believe an increase in Black innovation will foster an increase in the self-improvement and self-empowerment for the Black community worldwide.
Their flagship campaign is called See The World, BE The Future. The campaign pays for the round trip airfare for college students, who meet criteria, and have been accepted into foreign programs but don’t have the money for travel.
Airfare is often is a deterrent for studying abroad for struggling college students, says Jenkins.
“When I was accepted into Harpin (in China) my biggest obstacle was finding the money to go,” he says. “The See The World, BE The Future campaign removes this worry from Black college students who want to study abroad. If we have a Black student accepted to study abroad we will find the money to get them there.” said Jenkins
“The future of business is global. We want our children to be able to compete.”
Students can learn more about the See The World, BE The Future campaign at BlackEntrepreneursInc.org.
To donate to help sponsor a student See the World, and BE The Future visit: BlackEntrepreneursInc.org/how-to-donate.
Black Entrepreneurs Inc was founded by Jared S. Jenkins, of Oklahoma City, OK; Jerald S. Jenkins, of Philadelphia, PA; and Lonelle D. Jones, of Kansas City, MO. Black Entrepreneurs Inc operates out of St.Louis, MO.