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Who we are

Since 1996 Entrepreneurs Academy has developed programming for the Chicago Urban League, Department of Human Services Teen Reach, Chicago Housing Authority, Bethel New Life Church and LifeHouse Group Transitional Living Facility and Recovery Home. We have contributed to the launch of over 1,250 businesses nationwide, trained over 3,700 entrepreneurs, created more than 8,000 jobs, generated over $200 million in revenue, and invented 9 new products. We currently serve the communities on the West Side, South Side and South Suburbs of Chicago. 

Our Mission:  Provide pathways to entrepreneurship, workforce modernization, and innovation for under-resourced communities of color to create a safer, healthier, and more economically-inclusive world.

Our Vision: To create a thriving entrepreneurial economy in under-resourced communities

Our Core Values: 

  • Entrepreneurial - We are self-starters with the mindset of influencing the economy. We solve problems and ideate solutions to revitalize our communities. 

  • Wellness - We pursue being our best selves mentally and physically. We set our mindset, behaviors, and actions to make healthy choices that energize our future.

  • Inclusivity - We foster a community that safeguards equity and dignity for all. We inspire the freedom of expression and acceptance of diverse backgrounds.

Our Leadership

Our CEO & President Philip Fairweather is joined by an executive team, Board of Directors and Advisory Board who bring together the work here at Entrepreneur's Academy. Find out more about our team!

Careers at Entrepreneurs Academy

Entrepreneurs Academy is a diverse team, who are passionate about supporting and trainings the next minority business owner! We seek passionate and collaborative team members to join us in our mission!

Mentorship at Entrepreneurs Academy

Entrepreneurs Academy encourages mentorship within and outside of the organization. Become a mentor with us and uplift the next leaders!

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