Jumpstart Accelerator

The Jumpstart Accelerator is a free 10-week intense and immersive training program designed to accelerate the lifecycle of Black and Latino-owned businesses located in the Rock County area. The Jumpstart Accelerator uses a hybrid form of in-person and online training, integrating classroom learning with real-world experiences and challenges of business ownership.¬† Our accelerator is uniquely designed for small business owners who don’t fit the traditional, and often restrictive and exclusive, accelerator model. We work with minority-owned micro and small businesses like, food trucks, cleaning businesses, restaurants, home-based bakeries, gift shops, trucking companies, landscapers, contractors, and more.¬†

Inaugural pitch event in Beloit for minority-owned businesses a roaring success

Participants spend 10 weeks developing the skills to ideate and prototype new models of their business so they can take their business to the next level.

The Accelerator culminates in a Pitch event where a panel of judges will choose the top 3 ideas and award cash prizes.


Applications close April 30th. Successful applicants will be informed no later than May 30th. Classes meet on Mondays at 6pm, starting  July 11 and run until September 19.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Genia Stevens at 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

Rock County Jumpstart is a business resource for Black and Latino business owners in Rock County, WI.