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The Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship is a non-profit graduate level educational institution that grants a master’s equivalent degree in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Entrepreneur Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the developmen... Read More

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The Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship is a non-profit graduate level educational institution that grants a master’s equivalent degree in entrepreneurship and that operates the Polk Institute Entrepreneur Accelerator, a program designed to provide additional resources for the development, refinement and launch of new businesses.  The Institute’s founder, Mr. Gary Polk, is a black businessman, university professor, and author, and CEO/Business consultant.

Our goal is to expose social entrepreneurship as a viable career option and method to find true financial freedom to our targeted  students - underrepresented minorities.  Our students are serious about wanting to own a business.  Admission requirements include a preparing and presenting a one-page business plan.

We believe ethical behavior AND generating profits are not conflicting concepts.  Our motto for social entrepreneurship is PPP – People, Planet, and Profit…also known as the Triple Bottom Line.  We believe that ALL entrepreneurial ventures should be purpose-driven and represent the passion of the Founder.  

Program Highlights:

US students eligible for full scholarship
Institute funded through government, corporate and foundation grants
Open to students with life experiences and undergraduate degrees
Professors will be business leaders in their field of discipline, not academics
Preparing students for leadership in a small business or entrepreneurial venture
40-week program of required and elective courses
Small cohort style collaborative learning groups
Online learning and face-to-face classes using Zoom or similar conferencing platform
Capstone business plan project required for graduation
Graduates move on the accelerator to launch their businesses

Polk Institute Entrepreneurial Accelerator - The accelerator provides additional resources to our graduates along with ongoing encouragement, to increase the likelihood of the launch of new ventures, and the success of those new ventures.  Our graduates will have access to mentors, collaborative peer support groups, business experts, attorneys, accountants, advisory board members and ongoing education to assist the entrepreneur in getting the business from concept to launch.  



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Empowering Underserved Minorities

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Empowering Underserved Minorities

Michael Manahan, on behalf of

Polk Institute Foundation

Your donation will assist us in providing entrepreneurial education, mentoring and start up assistance to under served minority entrepreneurs through the non-profit Polk Institute of Social Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to launch 1,000 minority owned businesses in the next ten years.

Michael Manahan

Polk Institute Foundation - Michael Manahan is cofounder of the foundation along with Professor Gary Polk

C S U Dom Hls, California

Recent Donations

  • $25.00

    Joy Filius

    1 day ago

    I wish something like this was available when I was younger.

  • $500.00

    Anonymous

    1 day ago

  • $100.00

    Mary Whitehead

    2 days ago

    Sounds like an excellent plan to help people

  • $50.00

    Steven Lee

    8 days ago

    Sounds Good, Best of Luck.

  • $25.00

    Kelly Moore

    9 days ago

    Best of luck to you, Michael!

  • $50.00

    Anonymous

    11 days ago

    And I'm hoping to be on faculty. a

  • $100.00

    john ward

    12 days ago

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    Cenap Ilter

    12 days ago

    Mike: I hope you and Gary will be very successful in this new path of yours.

  • $25.00

    Charles Cibulka

    12 days ago

    Belief and I have to do something although it’s rough, I’ll be back 4 more!

  • $100.00

    Dr. Gus Del Rivero

    12 days ago

    A wonderful idea, Mike. Congratulations.

  • $250.00

    Manahan Family LLC

    12 days ago

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    Anisa Hans

    13 days ago

    Sounds Awesome!

  • $1,000.00

    Anonymous

    13 days ago

    This sounds like a great cause. Way to go Mike and Gary. Good luck!

  • $100.00

    Gary Polk

    13 days ago

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    Claudine Polk

    15 days ago

    Donated! Thanks Michael, Love this! Good Luck!

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    Joe Bergin

    15 days ago

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    Joe Bergin

    15 days ago

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    Michael Manahan

    16 days ago

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    Anonymous

    18 days ago

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