Apply for NBA’s 2024 Social Entrepreneur Cohort

Each year NBA selects a cohort of new faith-rooted social entrepreneurs to be a part of a community of support and growth. Those selected to be a part of our Cohort will be in an active process of formation and conversation following their initial involvement in our SENT Seminar. This 12-month journey will begin with our SENT Seminar, which introduces our social entrepreneurs to their cohort of innovative leaders and will provide them with a tailored curriculum to help launch their projects. Over the year, our cohort will also participate in three webinar-style learnings and a self-care-centered retreat. Throughout this process, the group will be provided with specialized coaching to help support and strengthen their social enterprise. Cohort members will also have access to NBA resources such as:

  • Project featured one or more times through NBA’s communication channels and across the Disciples church
  • Access to short-term consultations with NBA-related professionals/consultants
  • Opportunity to apply for assistance with site visits to similar projects/organizations
  • Ongoing learning and networking opportunities through NBA.

Projected Huddle Dates

There will be four opportunities for this group to come together. Those tentative dates are below.

  • January 25-28, 2024 (in person)
  • April 5-6, 2024 (virtual)
  • August 23-24, 2024 (virtual)
  • October 24-27, 2024 (in person)

Equity Statement

In alignment with the NBA’s commitment to prioritize the work of reconciliation and anti-racism, the Social Entrepreneurship Program is dedicated to supporting and uplifting social enterprises that are led by or serve historically marginalized, under-represented, and under-resourced people groups. In our efforts to dismantle white supremacy, we are sensitive to Cohort Applications that are addressing systemic needs, and place justice and equity at the center of their organization.


  • Health and Social Service/Social Justice Oriented: Seeks to meet a social, emotional, physical or justice need in context
  • Diverse: Represents a diverse leadership, membership or audience it serves
  • Innovative: Provides a unique service or in a uniquely effective way
  • Aligned With the Mission of NBA: “Creating communities of compassion & care”
  • Phase of Development: The project is in the idea, start-up, or launch phase
  • Filing: Desires to build a project that will function as a non-profit
Apply For The Cohort