​Empowering Entrepreneurs and Seeding Innovation Challenge

The Empowering Entrepreneurs And Seeding Innovation (EEASI) Challenge is a transformational, cohort learning experience that teaches entrepreneurship as an essential life skill – equipping youth and adults for financial, personal and professional success.

The EEASI Challenge is a program of Social & Economic Vitality (SEV), a collaborative initiative to end the cycle of poverty in Southeast Raleigh and eastern Wake County. As such, priority consideration for the 2020 Youth & Adult EEASI Challenge will be given to applicants living in SEV’s Southeast Raleigh zone (ZIP codes 27601, 27603, 27610), with some consideration also given to applicants in SEV’s eastern Wake County zone (ZIP codes 27591, 27545, 27597). Individuals residing in other areas of Raleigh/Wake County are welcome to apply but will receive lower priority in the review process.

EEASI Challenge for Ages 18+: The 
Entrepreneurship of Self

‘The Entrepreneurship of Self’ is a 10-week human capital development program that teaches entrepreneurship as an essential life skill – equipping individuals ages 18 and up for financial, personal and professional success. It is an experiential, problem-based learning program designed to inspire, inform and involve participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset and the unlimited opportunities it can provide. Designed for rigor and relevance, the program provides a comprehensive framework for understanding and implementing an entrepreneurial mindset, regardless of one’s chosen path. Information sessions will be available
on August 3, 5 and 7. Application Deadline is August 10! Learn More and Apply

EEASI Challenge for High-School Age Youth:


Youth EEASI Challenge The Youth EEASI Challenge is a two-week summer experience for high-school-age youth that’s designed to spark entrepreneurial thinking and strengthen skills for collective problem-solving, setting youth up for long-term personal and professional success. The Youth EEASI Challenge is an experiential learning program at inspires, informs, and involves youth in real-world problem-solving for businesses and communities. Learn more and apply for the program. The application period has closed.

Support for the EEASI Challenge

The EEASI Challenge is made possible thanks to generous funding provided by the City of Raleigh Impact Partner Grant and additional funding from Wake County. Program partners include: Carolina Small Business Development Fund, City of Raleigh Housing & Neighborhoods Department, Crosby Advocacy Group, District C, North Carolina State University Center for Family & Community Engagement, Southeast Raleigh Community Engagement, R.B. Moore Solutions LLC, Triangle Entrepreneurial Leadership and Wake Technical Community College 

About Social & Economic Vitality

Social & Economic Vitality (SEV) is a collaborative initiative to end the cycle of poverty in Southeast Raleigh and Eastern Wake County. SEV works alongside community members and partners to create equitable communities where all families, nonprofits and small businesses can thrive. Through programs like the EEASI Challenge, SEV works to ensure that existing and aspiring entrepreneurs have what they need to grow and sustain their business over the long-term. To learn more about Social & Economic Vitality or partner with us, please contact Verna.Best@wakegov.com or

Questions? Questions can be directed to Dynasty Winters at dynasty.winters@wakegov.com or