digitalundivided, the leading non-profit leveraging the power of data, programs, and advocacy to catalyze economic growth for Latina and Black women entrepreneurs, partnered with JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways to bring BREAKTHROUGH to New Orleans. The multi-city program unites some of the nation’s most promising emerging businesses founded and led by Latina and Black entrepreneurs. BREAKTHROUGH provides each selected business with a $5,000 grant, mentor, and intensive workshops designed to help accelerate their revenues beyond the five-figure mark. 

Applications for this BREAKTHROUGH cohort are now open through Monday,  May 9, 2022. For more information or to apply, visit

The latest cohort will be based in the bustling New Orleans region, following the success of two BREAKTHROUGH programs in Dallas, Texas, and the Greater Los Angeles area in California. The new cohort will join a community of BREAKTHROUGH alumnae who have benefited from the business workshops, funding, mentorship, and exclusive sessions with multimillion-dollar founders. The previous guest speaker, Daymond John (Founder of FUBU and star of Shark Tank), provided founders with business advice and discussed the importance of thinking big as an entrepreneur. The program concludes with an in-person check ceremony and recognition reception with leaders from digitalundivided and JPMorgan Chase – this time, both partners will host the NOLA cohort during Essence Festival this summer. 

“We’re excited to bring BREAKTHROUGH back with JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways to New Orleans,” says Lauren Maillian, CEO of digitalundivided.”  New Orleans is a city with a vibrant legacy of culture, creativity, innovation, and resilience as it continues to push forward as one of the country’s booming tech and business centers. This summer, we will bring a new cohort of Latina and Black women founders together to super-serve their businesses, tap into the power of community, and bring their startups to the next level.” 

BREAKTHROUGH NOLA 2022 Program Criteria

To apply for consideration, applicants must meet the following requirements: 

Identify as a Black or Latina woman

Be 18 years of age or older

Have an established business in the New Orleans & surrounding areas that has been registered for at least 1 year

Have majority ownership of an established business with demonstrated traction

Have a technology component to your business (website or mobile app)

Generate a minimum of $50,000 annual business revenue

We Are Proud to Have Served Our Community for 38 Years. Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Providing a Trusted Voice. We Look Forward to 38 More!