No. It is free for eligible applicants selected for the program.Faculty and students at HBCUs in IDeA-States are eligible to apply. Currentlythe eight IDeA States with HBCUs are: AR, DE, KY, LA, MS, OK, SC and WV.

This first year, the 10-week program, including the final pitch competition, which runs September 18 – November 20, 2020, will be fully virtual.

The virtual sessions will be on Fridays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. EST. Outside of those hours, participants may be required to spend an additional hour per week reviewing resources (online videos etc). Total average time expected per week ~ 4hrs.

  • The program will primarily be delivered through Zoom.
  • The virtual sessions will utilize the free online Udacity course: “How to Build a Startup” from The Lean LaunchPad by Steve Blank. 
  • In advance of the first session you should (1) register for this complimentary course and (2) listen to lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  • Additionally, we will also use the free online Canvanizer tool during the program. Participants should also register for this complimentary tool and input their initial ideas in each box prior to the first session.
  • You do not have to purchase any materials or software. We will provide free resources to participants.

The EnRICH program will be led by a group of coaches experienced in entrepreneurial ventures, programs and education. Instructors include:


  • Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D. who is the Principal Investigator for the JSU I-Corps Site Program and the Director for Technology Transfer and Commercialization at Jackson State University; 
  • Atty. Angela Grayson who is a dynamic speaker and highly skilled patent attorney; 
  • Grant Warner, Director of Innovation and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Howard University.

Yes. The program is designed to assist with the commercialization of human health-related technologies, services or products. Participants do not necessarily need to have a prototype of their idea or a proof-of-concept (POC) or an invention disclosure. They can just have an idea or area of research related to healthcare.

Yes! Some other areas of innovation may include: therapeutics, diagnostics, medical devices or healthcare IT. Other ideas may be in the area of human health services or products.

It is preferred that there is IP potential for submitted ideas, however, we understand that there may be a learning curve in this area, which the program will inform.