Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy

Morgan Stanley’s Small Business Academy is an educational program that seeks to promote equity and empower small business owners.

The Academy focuses on helping small businesses leverage their competitive advantage, differentiate themselves in the procurement process, strengthen their business knowledge, and build their professional network. The Academy consists of a 12-week virtual, instructor-facilitated learning experience, followed by a yearlong mentorship program.


The Academy is a partnership between the Supplier Diversity Program and the Firm’s Institute for Inclusion as part of its commitment to advancing economic outcomes in underserved communities through our products, services and thought leadership.


At Morgan Stanley, we acknowledge the barriers and resource constraints that often prevent small businesses from getting their foot in the door, resulting in a gap between available resources and diverse suppliers. With a mission to help bridge this gap, the Academy provides small businesses with the expertise to help them win work with financial services firms and other industries.

Drawing on our core values, and the belief that Morgan Stanley’s actions can benefit all of society, we have committed to innovative thinking, focused action, and targeted investment in our employees and the communities in which we work and live.
Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

Benefits of Joining the Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy

The Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy provides small businesses with the expertise to win work in financial services and other industries.

Improve Your Business Knowledge
Learn from Morgan Stanley leaders and subject matter experts who will cover relevant business topics and share their industry knowledge. Take part in training and apply what you learn in interactive working sessions with other Small Business participants, Morgan Stanley leaders, and subject matter experts in the process.
Expand Your Professional Network
Gather insights and feedback from Morgan Stanley leaders who look forward to building relationships with each of the Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy participants. As a program graduate, gain access to the growing Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy alumni network, where you can stay connected to your cohort and build relationships with other Business Academy participants.
Grow Your Professional Brand
Participate in 1:1 mentoring sessions to set goals and learn how to apply key principles for success to your business.
Small Business Grants
Successfully complete the Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy curriculum and pitch a business case, incorporating key takeaways from the Academy and an implementation plan, to a panel of Morgan Stanley judges for potential access to capital.
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In order for small businesses to get their foot in the door, it is important that they have a competitive advantage. This is when I realized the need for this educational component to our Supplier Diversity Program and I’m so proud to work for a company that allowed me to bring this to life.
Global Head of Supplier Diversity

Participant Requirements

  1. 1

    Small business based in the United States or the United Kingdom.

  2. 2

    Certified diverse business, owned by African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Pacific Americans, Asian Sub-continent Americans, Women, Veterans, LGBTQ+, Disabled, Disadvantaged, certified small businesses and those operating in underserved communities.

  3. 3

    Registered as a for-profit company with an annual revenue (net profit) of at least:

    • United States: $100,000 USD and no more than $2,000,000 USD
    • United Kingdom: $50,000 USD and no more than $1,000,000 USD

  4. 4
    Years of Operation

    • Incorporated and operational for United States: 3-12 years or United Kingdom: 2- 12 years, satisfies at least one of Morgan Stanley’s services, and participants are members of their business’s executive committee (max. of two participants representing one business).

Apply today and join the Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy

Empowering small business owners to leverage their competitive advantage, strengthen their business knowledge and build their professional network.

Meet the Supplier Diversity Team

The Morgan Stanley Small Business Academy is an extension of the Supplier Diversity Program.

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Executive Director
Vice President
Vice President

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