Nonprofit Initiative

Bridging the Gap between Education and Innovation

SEED's mission is to advance STEM and Entrepreneurial Education and Development.

By providing hands-on training, mentorship, and professional development, SEED empowers the next generation of diverse STEM and entrepreneurial talent to support the growing needs of the biotech and startup community.

Deficit in STEM Workforce Preparation

About 60% of students felt their education did not prepare them for a career, resulting in the "leakage" of STEM graduates to non-STEM careers.

Lack of investment in workforce training is aggravating the skills gap and talent acquisition especially for small businesses.

Insufficient Diversity in Biotech

Biotech industry lacks diverse representation especially in executive level where over 80%of CEOs in biotech industry are white men.

Lack of Entrepreneurial Education

Over 60% of college graduates want to start their own business, but were not educated in business fundamentals.

As a result, entrepreneurs who are 20-30 years old accounted for only 7% out of all age groups in 2022.

Unpaid Internship & Apprenticeship is a Significant Barrier for Underrepresented and Diverse Students.

Underrepresented and diverse students experience greater student debt burdens while pursuing higher education and often take jobs irrelevant to their professional career development.

Paid internship or apprenticeship experience is a critical first step in launching their career, it allows them to negotiate for a higher starting salary and leverage their experience as a desirable candidate during talent acquisition.

SPARK Apprenticeship: Preparing Biotech Workforce

1 to 2 year, paid, part-time program.

Students are matched with a startup company to work on projects that directly impacts and accelerates the commercialization of a product.

Provide real-world, hands-on training and research experience to build essential technical laboratory and data analysis skills.

Professional development workshops and seminars on topics such as time management, communication and leadership quality.

Partnership with academia, industry, and local startup companies to provide robust career exploration, mentorship, and opportunities for employment

Diversifying Biotech Industry

Educating and training underserved talents for biotech industry.

Connecting underrepresented talents with career opportunities and employment in biotech industry.

Establishing a network of diverse mentors to develop a foundation for DE&I initiative for biotech industry.

CATALYST: Educating Entrepreneurial Talent

A 10-week intensive program that educates STEAM & Business students on becoming entrepreneurs.

Business and product development workshops Network and mentorship opportunity with industry professionals.

Education on financials and key market metrics.

We Need Your Support!

SEED strives to provide accessible and inclusive opportunity to diversify biotech workforce and entrepreneurial talent.

Your contribution will empower the next generation of diverse STEM and entrepreneurial talent.

Aquillius SEED's Fiscal Sponsor

Aquillius Corporation is a Delaware corporation operating through a fiscal sponsorship with Players Philanthropy Fund, a Maryland charitable trust recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID: 27-6601178). Contributions to Aquillius Corporation qualify as tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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