Applications open for Entrepreneur Rising Academy spring 2023 cohort

March 14, 2023

Dream of opening a vibrant storefront that contributes to your hometown community? Have an idea for the next great gadget? Looking to leave a legacy for your children in the form of a business you built from the ground up?

Applications are now open for the next Entrepreneur Rising Academy cohort! Applications close Wednesday, April 5. The cohort will kick off Wednesday, April 12.

Entrepreneur Rising Academy is a free, 10-week, cohort-based business class designed to help business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs build the foundations they need to make their businesses successful. More than 100 business owners have graduated the academy since it launched in late 2019.

Who is Entrepreneur Rising Academy for?

  • Are you an aspiring entrepreneur with an idea for a business, but you aren’t sure where to start?
  • A small business owner who jumped in with both feet and is now wondering how to grow your business?
  • Operating a side hustle that you dream of making your 9-to-5, if only you could figure out how to generate enough revenue?
  • Dreaming up a side hustle to diversify your income?
  • Need to solidify your business foundation?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, then Entrepreneur Rising Academy is for YOU.

What do participants get?

Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs in Entrepreneur Rising Academy meet one evening a week for 10 weeks in a supportive environment that offers one-on-one coaching, access to networks and business support resources, accountability partners and business foundation-building.

Participants learn from the Dayton, Ohio region’s experts in areas including market research, financial projections, business taxes, customer discovery, prototype development & marketing. Each week also includes pitch coaching, and graduates pitch their business for a chance at seed funding.

Participants will complete Kauffman FastTrac coursework from the nationally-renowned Kauffman Foundation, receive pitch coaching and hands-on mentoring, participate in weekly discussions with successful entrepreneurs and experts, & access Dayton’s entrepreneur and small business resources.

All cohort participants go home with valuable deliverables including market research, a completed business plan, and a high-quality pitch deck. And the culture of support carries beyond graduation.

The next cohort kicks off April 12, 2023. Apply by April 5 to be part of it!