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  • Metro DC

    In the District of Columbia, only 69% of students graduate high school on time.

  • Metro DC

    This year BUILD Metro DC is serving 180 students from some of the most under-resourced communities of DC.

  • Metro DC

    in 2018, 100% of BUILD Metro DC seniors graduated high school on time and were accepted into college.

Key Statistics

  • 1,171

    Students Served

  • 230

    Student Businesses

  • 97%

    Students Accepted to a Post Secondary Institution


Welcome to BUILD Metro DC!  Headquartered in Adams Morgan, BUILD has become a critical feature for the city in engaging students from under-resourced communities through our four-year entrepreneurship, business development, and post-secondary readiness model. In partnership with DCPS and charter schools, we serve 180 students at five high schools in the District of Columbia this school year. We operate school-based business incubators, in which student business teams launch and run their very own startups.

Our students are provided individualized academic support and business coaching, supported by professional mentors who work with our young entrepreneurs on a weekly basis. BUILD staff and volunteers cultivate our students’ business, academic, and life skills to prepare them for high school, college, and career success.

Local Advisory Board

  • Todd Barnes, Interim Board Chair, Co-Founder & COO, Macro Solutions, Inc.
  • Jeffrey H. Blum, Senior Vice-President and Deputy General Counsel, DISH Network LLC
  • Mitch Brooks, Chief Operating Officer, DSI
  • Kimberly Churches, CEO, American Association of University Women
  • Alicia Fuller, Director, Silicon Valley Bank
  • Timothy Garnett, Managing Director, The Avascent Group
  • Malcom Glenn, Head of Global Policy, Accessibility and Underserved Communities, Uber
  • Heather Godsmark, Global Chief Business Operations Officer, Dentons
  • Dora Gougoufkas, VP Risk Management, Capital One
  • Melinda Moyo, Enterprise Partner Channel Manager, Microsoft
  • Adeleke Omitowoju, Principal, Groundwork
  • Anesa Parker, Senior Manager, Deloitte Consulting
  • Suzanne Roske, PartnerPwC Washington Metro Government Contracts Practice
  • Patrick Van den Bossche, Partner / Board Member, A.T. Kearney, Inc.
  • Matt Wexler, Managing Partner, Foxhall Partners
  • Irving Yoskowitz, Senior Counsel, Crowell & Moring LLP