2021 Innovation Challenge for Arizona-Based Indigenous Entrepreneurs
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and Creative Startups are partnering to bring a new accelerator program to Native American entrepreneurs and businesses based in Arizona. Innovation Challenge is a five-week, intensive, cohort-based, and hands-on course providing entrepreneurs essential knowledge and insights into pathways to business growth and sustainability.
This course is ideal for Native American entrepreneurs building businesses in innovation and creative fields including tech, animation and gaming, film and media, fashion and design, food and agriculture, and more. Ideal applicants are in earlier stages of business set-up and growth, with revenues below $250,000. For more advanced businesses, sign up to be notified when we open applications for our full Accelerator.
New Mexican-based Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses can also apply, but space is limited and Arizona-based businesses will take precedence.
Weekly cohort meetings will take place online using Zoom. The program culminates in an in-person 2-day gathering “Deep Dive” to be hosted at the NCAIED offices in Mesa, Arizona on November 9th and 10th.
Registration Closes — September 25th
Payment Due — Oct 3rd
October 11th – November 5th — Cohort meets twice weekly for 1 hour on Tues/Thurs
Deep Dive in Mesa, AZ — November 9th and 10th
Regular Pricing —
$89.99 per person
$199.99 for a business with up to 3 founders
Course fee covers all course content and materials, meals during Deep Dive. Participants are responsible for their own travel expenses.
A program created for small business owners who are in the prototyping phase, who are looking for new business opportunities, and who are looking to pivot to thrive in the post-pandemic world.
The Libraries as Launchpads is designed for people with a business idea, prototype, or an active small business looking to reach more customers and explore new markets. Through the program you will have:
Access to the online learning portal
Join weekly virtual meetings with statewide participants and our Lead Faculty
Peer-to-peer engagement activities
Workbook field guide
Leave the Building activities
Video case studies & readings
Reflect on activities to access if this venture is right for you!
Live pitch practice and event
Potential business connections and opportunities via our mentors!
Creative Startups – Libraries as Launchpads program is essentially 5 weeks in duration, October 11th – November 12th
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