Now accepting applications for Spring program - Deadline extended!
Launchpad594 is a selective program that supports innovative, creative and social entrepreneurs to launch and grow thriving businesses. The customized business launchpad program provides high-potential entrepreneurs in the startup and early development phase of their enterprises with a framework and resources to establish long-term success. This hands-on program includes a 12 week business boot camp, additional targeted marketing workshops, access to mentors, a community of exceptional entrepreneurs, as well as the possibility of grants and loans.
Selected entrepreneurs and creatives will have the opportunity to validate their ideas through lean business model strategies and market research, develop financial models, explore digital fabrication options with a 2D and 3D digital design expert , get help with branding , expand their marketing tool box, gain access to free legal services, learn about a variety of financing sources and develop their pitch.
Launchpad594 is for early-stage, high-impact and high-potential underrepresented entrepreneurs and innovators from Boston. We encourage applications from women, immigrants, veterans, and other underrepresented groups - particularly from innovators living in Fairmount Corridor communities, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park and Mattapan . The ideal startup is comprised of a team, with each member bringing a unique set of skills that will help the enterprise succeed. However, exceptional solo entrepreneurs committed to putting it all on the line are also encouraged to apply. The Fairmount Startup Launchpad is particularly poised to support startups in creative industries and social enterprises but we welcome applicants with innovative ideas of all kinds to apply.
Selected finalists must commit to attending all of the weekly sessions, completing assigned work, which will require significant dedicated additional time working on their business on a weekly basis, and to being supportive of others in their cohort.
Fairmount Innovation Lab, 594 Columbia Road, Suite 203, Dorchester, MA 02125.
There is no application fee. If selected, the fee for participating in Launchpad is $150 to $500 (sliding scale). The fee charged is a fraction of the actual value and cost of the program. Partial scholarships are available based on need.
- Application deadline: Friday, April 21st, 2017 at midnight.
- Interviews: Tuesday, May 2 from 4 pm to 9 pm.
- Finalists notification: Wednesday, May 3rd by email
- Commitment agreements and payment due: Friday, May 5th by 5pm.
- Launchpad Schedule: May - Aug (mandatory weekly meetings Wednesday evenings 6-9 pm)
About the Fairmount Innovation Lab
Launched and directed by the nonprofit Artmorpheus, Fairmount Innovation Lab is an incubator and accelerator for catalyzing innovative startups and creative practices being developed by high-potential entrepreneurs and artists from traditionally under-represented backgrounds. FIL is an initiative of the Fairmount Cultural Corridor which draws upon local cultural assets along the Fairmount Indigo corridor to support vibrant, livable neighborhoods and an active sustainable local creative economy.
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