Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI)


Helping Growth-Stage Businesses Succeed

Designed exclusively for first-generation entrepreneurs, EPI is a highly competitive nine-month program that can serve as a single source to support the growth of your business. The program offers a powerful blend of monthly classes, intensive training, one-on-one counseling, financial guidance, peer coaching and networking — all at a nominal cost.

Are you ready to invest the time to develop a detailed strategic growth plan and the technical, operational and management skills you need to execute it? Along with like-minded entrepreneurs, you’ll learn how to generate growth, build your brand, accelerate strategic alliances, focus your finances, and much more. Upon graduation, you’ll join a growing EPI Alumni Association (over 200 strong) that meets regularly for networking and continuing education.



Applications for the 9th EPI class are now closed. You may apply for consideration for the 10th EPI class which starts in April 2018 using the online application. You will be notified of the status of your application in February 2018.


Directory of CUEED Assisted Businesses

View a directory of businesses that have been assisted by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development.


EPI is funded by generous grants made by the following corporations:

Thank you to our marketing sponsor Newark Community Economic Development Corp.


EPI is developed and managed by The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED). Program partners include Colander & Associates, Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation, Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, The Degania Group, and The Growth Group.


EPI is the winner of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship’s (USASBE) Special Recognition in Entrepreneurship Education Innovation Award 2014 and winner of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award 2015.