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Business Accelerator

Program Overview

The EforAll Accelerator Program is a free, one-year program offered twice a year in each of our communities. This program offers a unique combination of immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extended professional network. Anyone with a dream to start or grow a business or nonprofit is encouraged to apply.

The program is also offered in Spanish in many of our communities. Leer en español.

Primary Benefits

  • Absolutely no cost to participate. 
  • Cohort model featuring up to 15 entrepreneurs per class facilitates collaboration and teamwork. 
  • Practical, intensive in-person sessions with content specialists cover critical early-stage business challenges (i.e. value proposition, fundraising, bookkeeping, pricing, social media). 
  • Opportunity to win seed money each quarter.
  • Open to all individuals in and around the communities EforAll serves
  • A team of three dedicated Mentors to guide each entrepreneur take the business idea to the next level.
  • Proven ability to provide entrepreneurs with increased confidence, clarity, and connections.
  • Lifelong membership in the EforAll community!

How It Works

EforAll’s year-long Accelerator Program is broken into two distinct phases:

During the first three months:

  • Entrepreneurs attend classes as part of a “cohort” (up to 15 other entrepreneurs) taught by content specialists in person twice a week.
  • Entrepreneurs meet with their very own team of three Mentors for 90 minutes every week to help guide them in taking their idea to the next level.
  • At the end of three months, a Showcase and Celebration event is held for entrepreneurs to celebrate their Accelerator Program accomplishments with friends, family and community.

For the remaining nine months:

  • Entrepreneurs meet with their mentor teams once a month for 90 minutes
  • Entrepreneurs meet with their cohort teams once per quarter.

Throughout the year-long program, there are quarterly opportunities to receive small cash prizes.

Who Should Apply

The Accelerator Program is open to all individuals located in or near an EforAll community and is offered at no cost.

EforAll’s program works with individuals across a wide range of industries and it is open to people who are still in the idea stage, people with a hobby looking to take it to the next level, or those looking to pivot and grow an existing business or nonprofit.

The Application Process

If the community nearest to you doesn’t have an application posted, email info@eforall.org to find out about the next Accelerator Program.

Upcoming Accelerators

FAQ’s

Q: Do I have to be a resident of the community that the program is in to participate?
Q: How do I know if I’m a good fit?
Q: What kinds of ideas is EforAll looking for?
Q: Do I need a business plan?
Q: Does my co-founder or entire team need to participate?
Q: Do I have to be a resident of the community that the program is in to participate?

A: No, you do not have to work/reside in the city where the program is being offered. However, you need to be able to attend classes and mentor meetings in the community the program is offered in.

Q: How do I know if I’m a good fit?

A: You are a good fit for EforAll if you can answer yes to these questions!

  • Are you looking to launch a business or move your business forward?
  • Are you interested in practical, hands-on learning and coaching with a group of other entrepreneurs like you?
  • Are you open to constructive criticism to benefit your business?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should be a good fit. Our staff is always happy to speak with you about your business before you apply.

Q: What kinds of ideas is EforAll looking for?

A: EforAll is interested in ideas from all industries – including nonprofits.

Q: Do I need a business plan?

A: A business plan is not required. You just need to show us your passion, dedication, and indicate that you’ve done some initial research.

Q: Does my co-founder or entire team need to participate?

A: One co-founder should serve as the point person and commit to attending all classes, mentor meetings and events. If other co-founder(s) can join for some meetings, it is helpful but not required. For the initial interview, it is ideal if all founders are present if possible.

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