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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, & 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, & 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. Learn More and Apply for the Adult EEASI Challenge 

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 that inspires, informs, and involves youth in real-world problem-solving for businesses and communities. Meet the 2020 Youth EEASI Challenge Participants. Learn more about Youth EEASI Challenge

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 LeadershipWake Technical Community College and Kramden Institute 

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 or 919-857-9243


Questions can be directed to Dynasty Winters at or 919-397-8059.