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"Helping our Youth turn their Ideas into Careers!"


"Hello, and welcome to The Urban Leadership Lab™. My name is T.J. Breeden and I'm the Founder & Executive Director of eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc.; a 501(c)(3) non-profit provider of entrepreneurship and economic development services, catered to military, minority, and socially disadvantaged communities. On behalf of our sponsors and planning committee, I would like to thank you for your interest in our youth development program. The Urban Leadership Lab™ is a tech and startup incubator; providing young people (K-12) with access to the kinds of resources that will advance their capacity to do (and become) their best! Our program brings together non-profits, community & faith leaders, industry executives, university personnel, and volunteers to introduce creative ways of engaging our community's under-served youth. Just as our non-profit organization uses Entrepreneurship as a pathway for community development, our lab aims to surround young people with startup tools, leadership training, and community service opportunities; all in an effort to help our teens unlock the full range of their potential! Not only were we selected to contribute to the "Computer Science for All" campaign (launched in coordination with the Obama Administration's 2016 STEM education initiative) as one of its ongoing service organizations, but we've also joined forces with EdX, The Emily Krzyzewski Center, The LEGO Foundation, Infinite Scholars, and others to offer a productive & safe environment for kids to explore their creativity. Programs include:

  1. STEM programs, ranging from LEGO robotics education to an online coding academy;
  2. Online & classroom-style entrepreneurship courses that introduce young people to the core functions of business development;
  3. EdX courses from Harvard, Microsoft, MIT, and other institutions in disciplines ranging from mobile app development to leadership;
  4. Group achievement, mentorship, and community service programs; and
  5. Monthly learning labs, designed to help our young people fully envision themselves in positions of leadership!"


"The objective of this online course is to introduce young people to the foundations of entrepreneurship, which include: Defining what it means to be an entrepreneur, providing examples of young people who have successfully launched ventures, listing the skills needed to pursue careers in entrepreneurship, exploring social entrepreneurship and community giving, and sharing the journeys of our nation's most impactful business leaders. This is achIeved through a series of radio snippets from our LIVE weekly broadcasts; tied together by curated video content from Entrepreneur.com, the History Channel, and other online media sources. This is a FREE course, and aims to serve as a pathway into our full program which can be accessed upon completion."

Our entrepreneurship platform (powered by Teachable.com) introduces youth (ages 13-18) to the core elements of building a successful business! Our curriculum was developed around a 5-part business course series: “Intro to Entrepreneurship,” “American Innovation,” “Community Leadership,” and “The Art of Selling & Closing;”** and is taught in 3-connected platforms:

  1. Our online program, complete with videos, podcasts, & LIVE streaming lectures;
  2. Classroom-style workshops; and
  3. An our annual Startup Competition, known as the “Business Leaders Track”.

eMerging Entrepreneurs, Inc. nor any of the organization's affiliates/partners claim ownership or copyrights to media content curated and presented through this free course. All rights reserved to the respective producers and owners of the content shared within this online platform.

Your Instructor

T.J. Breeden
T.J. Breeden

"T.J. Breeden is the Founder & Executive Director of eMering Entrepreneurs, Inc.; a non-profit organization which uses entrepreneurship as a vehicle to enact social change; specifically in communities of need. The organization employs a grassroots approach to business development; partnering with state & federal agencies, universities, local chambers of commerce,and military installations in an effort to extend high-tech training & resource solutions to transitioning veterans, military spouses, and urban youth. For his entrepreneurship platform, in 2012 the White House honored T.J. as a “Champions of Change," in conjunction with President Obama's “Winning the Future" initiative. He is also the recipient of the US Small Business Administration's 2013 “Veteran Entrepreneurship Advocate of the Year" Award, for his efforts in advancing small business growth within the military community, and in December of 2014 he was presented with RADIO ONE's “Cathy Hughes Business Community Service Award" as well as the “Dr. John Hope Franklin Humanitarian of the Year" Award. Visit: www.tjbreeden.com for more information about our instructor."

Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this program really free?

Yes, as free as free can be!

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with our program, please contact us and provide feedback so that we can improve our user experience for future participants.
What happens after I finish?

Everyone who completes our program is invited to join in the full version of our Startup Lab! LIVE online workshops, podcasts, an small business competition, and scholarship opportunities!

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