Stark County Impact Program

Calling All Stark County Entrepreneurs!

Are you interested in taking your business to the next level? If so, our Stark County Impact Program can provide you with the tools to do so.

Five high-potential businesses will be selected to join the intensive 12-week business assistance program designed to provide focused business advising, industry-specific mentoring and collaborative learning. Over the course of these 12 weeks, the cohort will work intensively on various key business issues, with significant emphasis on financial projections and capital pitches.

The Impact Program then culminates in a demo day-style competition where the entire cohort will pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to take home up to $10,000 to grow their businesses (all other cohort participants receive $2,500).

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for the cohort, please see the criteria for eligibility below:

  • Entrepreneurs who live or work in Stark County
  • Entrepreneurs outside of Stark County who are currently impacting (in a significant way) the citizens of Stark County or will impact Stark County via job growth over the next 18-24 months.
  • Must have met with one of our business advisers to be considered; appointments to meet with an advisor must be completed by 2/21/20
  • Must be able to commit to attending all of the weekly cohort sessions

Key Dates

Applications Close – 2/21/2020

Decision Announcement – 2/24/2020

Cohort Social Event – 2/27/2020

Cohort Starts – 3/5/2020

Class Dates

Cohort classes are held every Thursday from March 5, 2020 through May 21, 2020. The entrepreneur showcase (pitch day) will be Thursday, May 28, 2020.

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