• The queens entrepreneurship fund

    Aligning small business growth with meaningful community impact

  • we work to create solutions for our queens based entrepreneurs.

    Community development depends on the ability of small businesses to create jobs, recycle local wealth, and drive overall growth. Now more than ever, small businesses need to adapt and stay competitive. Our solution? Train smart and ambitious undergraduates to consult small businesses. We target undergraduates at local public colleges in order to establish lasting institutional relationships between colleges and the businesses that impact their surrounding communities. Learn about our first project to help businesses stay resilient.

  • The Resilient Enterprises Fellowship Program

    Launching Fall 2018, we provide a one academic year fellowship for Queens College students. These fellowships train students to conceptualize, create, and deliver valuable consulting to local small business owners. As fellows, students gain a competitive edge through rigorous skill building and an opportunity to develop their own impactful and sustainable social ventures. We build community through facilitating a shared value approach as students acquire crucial skills while entrepreneurs benefit from the business value generated by our fellows

    Combining workforce development with social impact.

    While our fellowships focus on the technical aspect of small business operation, our anchor institution framework guides us to actively push for structural change and more partnerships. While we afford the small business community our most immediate asset of intellectual capital, it is within our long term goals to collaboratively devise ways as to how it can be more of an asset towards neighborhood revitalization. In addition, we are actively seeking ways to forge relationships with community partners and local governments to not only provide more resources for small businesses but to also communicate and address the significance of investing in our local colleges. We relentlessly focus on what the process towards achieving a relationship between colleges, small businesses, and other parts of the community looks like by adopting its fulfillment in our long term vision for impact.

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  • up for the challenge? join our team.

    Check out our leadership opportunities and find your fit. These opportunities are ideal for ambitious undergraduates or recent graduates seeking leadership in a social venture. These positions are on a volunteer basis and most work can be done from home. No specific major required for most positions. Contact us below if you're interested. Please also look at our internship offerings and decide your best fit.

    Chief Marketing Officer

    • Design overall marketing and client engagement strategy while developing targeted plans for an array of stakeholders
    • Perform necessary qualitative and quantitative research on community economic development, small business entrepreneurship, and other related topics
    • Perform competitive analysis in order to identify opportunities for partnerships and service innovation
    • Develop our communications framework with relevant metrics to measure breadth of outreach and engagement
    • Writing any necessary blog pieces, white papers, and articles
    • Conduct any related research as necessary

    Chief Financial Officer*

    • *This position requires either an Accounting or BBA degree with a GPA minimum of 3.4.
    • Assist in our organization obtaining tax exemption
    • Managing our budget process
    • Oversee and regulate any type of financial transactions, ensure our record keeping follows mandated regulations, and perform necessary risk analysis in any funds we wish to allocate to clients

    Fellowship Director

    • Working closely with the COO to develop program directives for each stage and process within our consulting and training initiatives
    • Create strategic plans that map key objectives for a successful consulting program and accomplishing those objectives
    • Develop evaluative processes and metrics for our various initiatives
    • Forecast any necessary financial requirements and adhere to estimated budget
    • Implementing measures to help us consistently achieve higher standards of quality within our offered programs and services
    • Writing any necessary blog pieces, white papers, and articles 

    Development Director 

    • Plan, lead and execute our fundraising strategies 
    • Write grant requests as well as other forms of communication to request donations
    • Identify critical funding opportunities 
    • Set and achieve our desired fundraising goals
    • Organizing fundraising events
  • Fall 2017 internship program

    Be an intern! If you're looking for an awesome opportunity to make some friends, initiate powerful projects, and learn a host of skills, please check out our available positions below.

    About the Internship

    This fall, we are looking for interns to help develop the fellowship as well as assist in organizational tasks. Interns should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in marketing, business, consulting, as well as applied policy research.



    • Identifying potential private, NGO, and governmental partnerships.
    • Conducting policy driven research on local economic, community and workforce development, and small business entrepreneurship.
    • Developing a framework for social impact measurement.
    • Conducting program related research such as best practices in marketing, consulting and leveraging human capital.
    • Prepare weekly presentations for in-person meetings.
    • Participate in bi-weekly check-in and evaluation sessions with upper level staff.



    This internship requires a time commitment of seven hours each Friday (10AM to 5PM). Virtual and independent time commitment is five to ten hours each week, as necessary. The highest priority will be given to students who commit to a one-year internship. This is a hybrid internship, and communication will primarily take place online aside from weekly in-person meetings. Regular communication and availability on Slack is required, as well as Google Drive access. Prospective interns must commit to completing mandatory orientation and training, and weekly in-person meetings. Successful applicants will additionally be required to commit to communication guidelines and policies.



    The Queens Entrepreneurship Fund is looking for undergraduate students interested in community development, business, and research. All majors are invited to apply.


    Our Ideal Candidate

    Our ideal candidate demonstrates:

    • Passion for entrepreneurship and economic development.
    • A strong capacity for the critical thinking required to execute high-level projects efficiently.
    • Creativity in identifying solutions, opportunities, and strategies to help us accomplish our objectives.
    • An ability to deliver quality results without extensive supervision.
    • Effective communicative skills necessary to thrive in both collaborative and individual project work.
    • Reliability expressed through consistently meeting deadlines.

    In addition, we have a strong preference for interns who have a GPA of above 3.3 and can commit to a full-academic year. Excellent writing and communication skills are a basic requirement for this internship.

    Application Process

    Don't worry, no need to write a cover letter for this one. First, please contact us through the contact form below indicating who you are and your interest. Once you've contacted us, we will contact you in return so you can send us your resume. After we receive your resume, we will contact you for an interview. Interviews will take place on campus. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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