Oyate Group’s Entrepreneurship Program provides three local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with an investment of up to $50,000 and a robust 10-week training program including access to capital, a network of mentors, business and impact models, marketing plans, a coworking space and investor-ready pitch decks. Participants of the program are selected through a Shark Tank-style competition, with first-place winners receiving $50,000, second place $25,000 and third place $10,000 in exchange for a percentage of equity that the Oyate Group can reinvest in its community programming.

About Community Capital

In the financial capital of the world, no entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs should be shut out from bringing the next big idea to life.

Founders will have the opportunity to pitch their ventures to a panel of esteemed judges, Shark Tank-style. We will have three winners; first place will receive $50,000; second place will receive $25,000; third place will receive $10,000.

The entrepreneurs become part of Oyate’s family. Oyate will continue to provide support to the selected companies after the completion of the program.

2023 Community Capital Applications Closed

Eligibility Criteria

  • Early-stage startups located in The Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights

  • Solo founders and a maximum of 4 co-founders
  • Startups or businesses operating within the BIPOC community
  • Early Stage startups operating in the following sectors are eligible for the program: technology, goods and services, healthcare, and design

  • What matters to us is your true potential and attitude. Fill in our 20-minutes form to get started.

Accelerator Program

  • Module 1: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Module 2: Market Research and Validation

  • Module 3: Business Model and Planning

  • Module 4: Funding and Financing

  • Module 5: Operations and Management

  • Module 6: Legal and Regulatory Considerations

  • Module 7: Pitching and Presentation Skills

Community Capital Judges

Junior Martinez

President at Hoodspitality Group


Tomas Ramos

Founder, President & CEO, Oyate Group


Sebastian Martin

Social Entrepreneur and Educator, Cambio Labs


Hielly Martinez

Entrepreneur with a portfolio of StateFarm businesses in the Bronx.


Winners Will Also Receive

  • Access to a modern office space located in the South Bronx, within a vibrant co-working environment exclusively for participating founders.
  • Ongoing mentorship and support are provided by a network of investors and partnering organizations, including VC firms and private investors.
  • Engaging networking opportunities with industry professionals, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs, fostering valuable connections and potential collaborations.

  • Comprehensive training sessions focused on refining your business model, enhancing pitch presentations, and equipping you with the skills to effectively communicate your ideas.

  • Joining an ecosystem of exceptionally talented founders who, like you, are dedicated to scaling and growing their ventures. Together, you will navigate the challenges and triumphs of the entrepreneurial journey, providing support and shared experiences.