Jumpstart Accelerator

Thanks to our partners!

Jumpstart Accelerator Partners

The Jumpstart Accelerator is a free 10-week intense and immersive training program designed to accelerate the lifecycle of Black-owned businesses located in the Rock County area. The Jumpstart Accelerator will use a hybrid form of in-person and online training, integrating classroom learning with real-world experiences and challenges of Black business ownership.  Our accelerator is uniquely designed for small business owners who don’t fit the traditional, and often restrictive and exclusive, accelerator model.

The Jumpstart Accelerator is happening December 29th, 2021 – March 9th, 2022 (Wednesdays, 6pm – 8pm).  APPLY HERE.

Work one-on-one with coaches and mentors who will get to understand your unique needs as a Black business owner. Network with other business owners in a classroom setting, while gaining the knowledge that will move your business in a new direction. Learn how to pitch your business to banks and investors.

What type of business is eligible to apply?*

▪ Food and beverage
▪ Clothing/apparel/accessories
▪ Nonprofits/Social enterprises
▪ Health/Beauty/Skincare
▪ Contractors

The free 10-week program ends with a pitch contest, with the top 3 participants winning cash prizes of a total of $5000: 1st place is $2500, 2nd place is $1500, and third place is $1000. Contact Genia Stevens if you’re interested in participating in the Jumpstart Accelerator.

*Franchises, MLM/direct sales/network marketing, gambling, tobacco, or any businesses selling exclusively alcohol are ineligible to apply. 

For sponsorship opportunities, contact gstevens@rockcountyjumpstart.org

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Rock County Jumpstart

Our Partners

Blackhawk Technical College Madison Black Chamber of Commerce Madison College Center for Enrtrepreneurship
Alliant EnergyAssociated BankSBDC University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse>

Rock County Jumpstart is a fiscally sponsored project of
Center for Community Stewardship (C4CS), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Rock County Jumpstart