INCUBATE YOUR BUSINESS
What you get from one year with our business counselors.
Established in 2013, our business incubator program works with Native startups and early-stage ventures to establish their business in Native communities.
Our program is tuned to the needs of Native American entrepreneurs establishing their operations in Native communities. We accept applications on a rolling basis. Applications received before April 26, 2019 will be reviewed for our 2019 Summer Cohort. If you are accepted into the program, you will work with a business counselor on a weekly basis over a one-year time period to:
Strengthen your business and financial model
Consider appropriate branding and marketing collateral for your business
Support the back end aspects of your business: accounting, financial reporting, tax preparation, business registration
Become eligible for a micro-loan. Change Labs offer micro-loans up to $10,000 exclusively for graduates of the program.
To learn more about eligibility, click here.
If accepted into the program, here's what the first 12 months of activity would look like:
MONTH 1: participation in 2 1/2-day business fundamentals bootcamp, introduction to your other Native American businesses in your cohort and your business counselor
MONTH 2: weekly meetings with your business counselor to set goals for the year and strengthen your business model
MONTH 3: weekly meetings with your business counselor to discuss your marketing and branding needs
MONTH 4: participation in a 2-day financing bootcamp with your cohort and your business counselor
MONTH 5: weekly meetings with your business counselor to integrate your pricing, revenue, and financial goals into your business
MONTH 6: participation in a 2-day marketing bootcamp with your cohort and your business counselor
MONTH 7: weekly meetings with your business counselor to integrate your branding into all aspects of your business
MONTH 8: weekly meetings with your business counselor to review and adjust your goals regarding operations, marketing, and financials
MONTH 9: weekly meetings with your business counselor to prepare for meetings with loan officers
MONTH 10: participation in 1-day session with loan officers
MONTH 11: weekly meetings with your business counselor to review your goals and set post-graduation goals
MONTH 12: graduation
Georgiana B Pongyesva and Jack Pongyesva, 2018 Cohort
Cofounders of Rezcycling, an metal recycling company serving Navajo and Hopi communities