“Preserving the legacy and sustainability of Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a global, companywide priority for us,” Katsoudas said.
The money will be used to create graduate programming for a Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE) at CAU, while expanding current CBE programming at Morehouse and Spelman.
BEA Foundation President Samantha Tweedy called the mission of equipping the next generation of Black founders with both the training and resources “game-changing.”
“The Center for Black Entrepreneurship’s chief goal is to eliminate the access barrier between Black entrepreneurs, professional investors, and business leaders by leveraging education, mentorship, access to capital, and opportunity to help a new class of Black entrepreneurs thrive,” Tweedy said, adding that Cisco will also donate $1 million in technology products and services to the three Atlanta HBCUs to close the racial technology gap.
The presidents of each of the three colleges praised the announcement.