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The RISE education model is made possible by the intentional curation and connection to entrepreneurs, investors, industry partners and organizations in the communities in which our work is done.


our students are at the center of it all

“The RISE program focuses on the individual and understanding different strengths and abilities that you bring to the table and how you can impact your community.”

AEP Grad: Cat Edmonds - Business Development BlackInk IT & Orr Fellow

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local ecosystems thrive with innovation and immersion

“It’s all about bringing the right people to the community. Strategy is everything. You’re never not networking.”

Leslie Pinson - Owner of Local Spirit

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We Provide the Building Blocks for Entrepreneurship

“If you want to see change in your life then this is definitely the program to join because it teaches you life skills that you simply cannot learn in school, which is invaluable throughout your entire career going forward.”

Kevin Torres - Auditor Deloitte


From our students to our local citizens and small business owners, through innovation we excel in impacting our region’s economy and quality of life.

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If you know a high school or college student that would benefit from our program please let us know. We would love to get connected!