Idea Incubators

Intensive 10-week courses held annually in the Spring and Fall

Designed to help you build a solid business plan, consider your impact, and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs.

Now’s the time to act
Do you have a great business idea?

Or are you in the start-up phase and looking to refine your business plan and interact with like-minded entrepreneurs? Do you want to use your business to positively impact your community?

If so, our Business Start-up Idea Incubator may be right for you. This training program is set up to meet your needs as you plan to successfully launch your business.

Idea Incubators provide a virtual 10-week business development course for local entrepreneurs. This unique program offers an interactive and conversational way for a group of aspiring entrepreneurs to learn and work through the early stages of the business planning process, while creating the types of positive relationships and networking which is essential for small business owners. Upon completion, participants will leave with a solid business plan, an outline for community impact, and an understanding of what their next steps should be.

In addition, Idea Incubators are a prerequisite for the annual Great Social Enterprise Pitch competition so classes include additional education on integrating social and environmental impact through your business model.

The Fall 2020 application is currently open through Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 8:00 am. Apply below!

2020 Fall 10-Week Business Start-Up Idea Incubator

September 30th – December 9th, 2020

  • Application Opens: July 30th, 2020
  • Application Deadline: Monday, September 14th, 2020 at 8:00 am
  • Idea Incubator Cohort selection: Tuesday, September 15th
  • Idea Incubator 10-week Class Fee: $200
  • Fall Idea Incubator Cohort: Sep 30th-Dec 9th 2020. No class the week of Thanksgiving. Attendance at all classes is required. 
  • Classes: Cohort sessions are held every Wednesday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Zoom Video Calls

Our 10-week Business Start-up Idea Incubator includes in-depth curriculum that teaches entrepreneurs not only how to map out a great idea, but also how to launch their business successfully. 

You can do this. It’s time to move your business forward.

Registration for the Fall 2020 Idea Incubator is now open!

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How Idea Incubators Work

Who can participate?

Business Start-Up Idea Incubators are open to aspiring entrepreneurs looking to develop a business idea into a business plan and start-up business owners who need training on foundational business models like developing a Minimum Viable Product and a target market.

As part of the training, 15 business ideas will be chosen to become part of the Cohort designed to help develop and build solid businesses. Prospective entrepreneurs must fill out an online application prior to the deadline.

How much does it cost?

The total cost is $200.

How long is the commitment?

ASSETS hosts two Idea Incubator cohorts per year—Fall and Spring. The cohorts meet for a period of ten weeks on a weekly basis for three hours. Attendance at all classes is required.

What will be expected of me?

The Idea Incubator cohort is expected to have a business idea and attend weekly workshops on how to develop their business plan. As a participating entrepreneur in the training, you are expected to come eager to build your business idea and grow your plan on a weekly basis. In order to capitalize on the course, attendance and participation are a must!

Our Partners

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    The Women’s Business Center (WBC) at ASSETS houses all of Entrepreneur Training’s programs. The WBC exists to support small business owners who are starting or expanding their businesses. While extra consideration is given to the specific challenges and issues for women entrepreneurs, the programs serve all — women, men, and racial and ethnic minorities.

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    The WBC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA-funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.