In 2015, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University graduates, Jamerus Payton and Torrence Reed created an Instagram page to highlight the business accomplishments and success stories of people who graduated from HBCUs. The purpose was to use these stories to inspire the next generation of HBCU graduates, leaders, entrepreneurs, and business professionals.
Secondly, they wanted to address the financial and economic inequalities in America, particularly those affecting the black community. Money is something that is often not discussed in many black households, whether due to guilt, lack of knowledge, poor money experiences, and/or time so they created a platform to at least start conversations that would contribute to the mental paradigm shift amongst HBCU stakeholders.
Since HBCU Wall Street’s modest beginning of being an Instagram page and a GroupMe, they have successfully grown the brand into respectable, award winning national tech company using digital content, webinars, campus tours & workshops and podcast.