Black in Jewelry Coalition (BIJC) and Jewelers of America (JA) have jointly developed the Emerging Jewelers Accelerator Program (EJAP), a series of interactive workshops to provide selected new retail jewelry entrepreneurs with a deeper understanding of how to build and maintain a successful business in the jewelry industry.
The EJAP program will consist of a cohort of five carefully selected retail jewelry entrepreneurs and a wide variety of established subject-matter experts (SME). The SMEs will lead interactive workshops during the eight-month program.
After the workshops are complete, participants will provide a presentation encapsulating the program’s educational content and how it would be utilized in their business. One of the participants will be eligible to receive a $5,000 grant. The remaining four will be awarded $1,250 each. Following the completion of the EJAP program, the cohort will continue to have access to periodic check-in calls, quarterly workshops, and invitations to industry events.
The Emerging Jewelers Accelerator Program Workshop Curriculum will consist of the following topics:
Product Development/Jewelry Forensics
Marketing & Sales
Insurance and Security
Ethical Sourcing and Manufacturing
The EJAP is proudly supported by the JCK Industry Support Fund.
SME’s will create and lead an interactive workshop on their specialty that is 1-2 hours in length. Subject matter experts agree to mentor the entrepreneurs throughout the eight-month program duration. Stipends are available for up to $1,000. SME’s may choose to donate back the stipend back into the fund prize money to be given to the cohort.
SME Applications are now closed
EJAP participant’s will have a time commitment of 1-5 hours per month over an 8-month period.
Participant Eligibility Requirements