How We Are Different

The NEIR program is unique as an accelerator or business incubator.

It is by, for, and about Native Americans.

That is the sole mission of NEIR – to serve Native American entrepreneurs.

We provide a culturally appropriate, supportive place to gain confidence, grow, and become successful.

  • Native-led
  • Accessible
  • Supportive
  • Community driven
  • Connected to community
  • Successful
  • Innovative
  • Trailblazing
  • Inclusive

Native American leadership, experienced entrepreneurs, and educators:

Our Management team, Board of Directors and Advisory Board are comprised of Native American business leaders, American entrepreneurs, and educators. We offer a unique combination of a deep, first hand understanding of Native American culture, challenges, and issues, with “on the ground” entrepreneurial experience, and tried and proven education approaches.

Our program is unique in delivering impact and results. We take the time to go deep into every aspect of business — the hard skills of finance and cash management, marketing, sales, production, and administration — as well as the unique pressures only an entrepreneur is likely to face.

Our mentors are all experienced and successful entrepreneurs. They have “been there, done that”. They are selected because of their experience, credentials, and because of their ability to work closely with participants to achieve results.

Peer-to-Peer Advisory Team

Our Peer-to-Peer Advisory Team includes NEIR graduates – Native Americans who continue to be involved as a resource – as a way to give back to their communities and pay it forward to the next generation of graduates.

Current participants get to benefit from those graduates who are on the path with their own businesses – to hear their experiences, their tips, the pitfalls to avoid, and the opportunities to seek.

Most importantly, our program has a proven track record. NEIR graduates deliver results with their businesses and in their communities.